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Boston College 
Chestnut Hill 
Massachusetts 02467 

Boston College Bulletin 2012-2013 

Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies 

Volume LXXXV, Number 28, June 2012 

The Boston College Bulletin contains current information regarding the University calendar, 
admissions, degree requirements, fees, regulations, and course offerings. It is not intended to be and 
should not be relied upon as a statement of the University's contractual undertakings. 

Boston College reserves the right in its sole judgment to make changes of any nature in its pro- 
gram, calendar, or academic schedule whenever it is deemed necessary or desirable, including changes 
in course content, the rescheduling of classes with or without extending the academic term, cancelling 
of scheduled classes and other academic activities, and requiring or affording alternatives for scheduled 
classes or other academic activities, in any such case giving such notice thereof as is reasonably practicable 
under the circumstances. 

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is dedicated to intellectual excellence and 
to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community 
of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect 
for one another and for the University's mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College commits itself 
to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those 
who may be vulnerable to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, religion, dis- 
ability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, military status, or other legally protected status. 

Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, wrongful discrimination and disre- 
spect. It has developed procedures to respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circum- 
stance. Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to 
take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to 
comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational 
programs on the basis of a person's race, color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or 
parental status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status, and to comply with state 
law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person's sexual orientation. 

To this end, Boston College has designated its Executive Director for Institutional Diversity to coor- 
dinate its efforts to comply with and carry out its responsibilities to prevent discrimination in accordance 
with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 and the ADA. Any applicant for 
admission or employment, and all students, faculty members and employees, are welcome to raise any 
questions regarding this notice with the Executive Director for Institutional Diversity: Boston College 
Office for Institutional Diversity (OID), 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, 
Phone: 617-552-2323, Email: 

The Executive Director for Institutional Diversity oversees the efforts of the following additional 
Title IX coordinators: (i) Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator (for student sexual harassment com- 
plaints), 260 Maloney Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-3482 or (; 
(ii) University Harassment Counselor, reachable via OID (see above contact information); and (iii) 
Athletics Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Women's Administrator, 310 Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, 
MA 02467, reachable at 617-552-4801 or ( 

In addition, any person who believes that an act of unlawful discrimination has occurred at Boston 
College may raise this issue with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States Department 
of Education. 

' Copyright 2012 Trustees of Boston College 

Table of Contents 

About Boston College 

Introduction 3 

The University 3 

The Mission of Boston College 3 

Brief History of Boston College 3 

Accreditation of the University 4 

The Campus 4 

Academic Resources 5 

Art and Performance 5 

Campus Technology Resource Center (CTRC) 5 

The Help Center (2-HELP) 5 

Language Laboratory 5 

The Libraries 5 

Media Technology Services 7 

University Research Institutes and Centers 7 

Student Life Resources 11 

Disability Services Office 12 

Annual Notification of Rights 13 

Confidentiality of Student Records 14 

Consumer Notices and Disclosures (HEOA) 14 

Financial Aid 15 

Notice of Non-Discrimination 16 

Off-Campus Housing 16 

Tuition and Fees 16 

Massachusetts Medical Insurance 17 

National Student Clearinghouse 18 

Boston College Graduate Degree Programs 18 

Policies and Procedures 

Academic Integrity 21 

Academic Regulations 22 

Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies 

Master of Science Program 26 

Course Offerings 26 

Information and Office Location 27 

Administration 28-31 

Academic Calendar 2012-2013 32 

Directory and Office Locations 33-34 

Campus Maps 33 

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The University 

From its beginnings in 1863 as a small Jesuit college for boys 
in Boston's South End, Boston College has grown into a national 
institution of higher learning that is regularly listed among the top 40 
universities in the nation in ratings compiled by publications such as 
Barron's and U.S. News and World Report. 

The University, now located in the Boston suburb of Chestnut 
Hill, Massachusetts, enrolls 9,088 full-time undergraduates and 4,818 
graduate students, hailing from all 50 states and more than 80 foreign 
countries. Boston College offers its diverse student body state-of-the-art 
facilities for learning: a full range of computer services including online 
access to databases in business, economics, social sciences, and law, and 
a library system with over 2.7 million books, periodicals, and govern- 
ment documents, and more than 4 million microform units. 

Boston College awards bachelor's and graduate degrees in more 
than 50 subjects and interdisciplinary areas within the College of Arts 
and Sciences, as well as undergraduate and graduate degrees from three 
professional schools: the Carroll School of Management, founded in 
1938; the Connell School of Nursing, founded in 1947; and the Lynch 
School of Education, founded in 1952, which is now known as the 
Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of Education. Boston College 
also awards master's and doctoral degrees from the Graduate School of 
Social Work, and the Juris Doctor and the Master of Laws from Boston 
College Law School, which is consistently ranked among the top 30 law 
schools in the United States. 

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry was formed 
on June 1, 2008, when the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology 
and the Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry joined to 
offer a full array of ministerial and theological courses and degrees. Both 
a graduate divinity school and an ecclesiastical faculty of theology regu- 
lated by the Apostolic Constitution Sapientia Christiana (1979), the 
school offers both master's and doctoral degrees, civil and ecclesiastical 
degrees, and a wide variety of continuing education offerings, including 
online programs through Church in the 21st Century (C21 Online). 

The Mission of Boston College 

Strengthened by more than a century and a quarter of dedication 
to academic excellence, Boston College commits itself to the highest 
standards of teaching and research in undergraduate, graduate, and 
professional programs and to the pursuit of a just society through 
its own accomplishments, the work of its faculty and staff, and the 
achievements of its graduates. It seeks both to advance its place among 
the nation's finest universities and to bring to the company of its distin- 
guished peers and to contemporary society the richness of the Catholic 
intellectual ideal of a mutually illuminating relationship between reli- 
gious faith and free intellectual inquiry. 

Boston College draws inspiration for its academic and societal 
mission from its distinctive religious tradition. As a Catholic and Jesuit 
university, it is rooted in a world view that encounters God in all cre- 
ation and through all human activity, especially in the search for truth 
in every discipline, in the desire to learn, and in the call to live justly 
together. In this spirit, the University regards the contribution of differ- 
ent religious traditions and value systems as essential to the fullness of 

its intellectual life and to the continuous development of its distinctive 
intellectual heritage. Boston College pursues this distinctive mission by 
serving society in three ways: 

* by fostering the rigorous intellectual development and the 
religious, ethical, and personal formation of its undergraduate, 
graduate, and professional students in order to prepare them for 
citizenship, service, and leadership in a global society; 

* by producing significant national and international research that 
advances insight and understanding, thereby both enriching cul- 
ture and addressing important societal needs; 

* and by committing itself to advance the dialogue between reli- 
gious belief and other formative elements of culture through the 
intellectual inquiry, teaching and learning, and the community 
life that form the University. 

Boston College fulfills this mission with a deep concern for all 
members of its community, with a recognition of the important con- 
tribution a diverse student body, faculty, and staff can offer, with a firm 
commitment to academic freedom, and with a determination to exer- 
cise careful stewardship of its resources in pursuit of its academic goals. 

Brief History of Boston College 

Boston College was founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, 
and is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. 
With three teachers and 22 students, the school opened its doors on 
September 5, 1864. At the outset and for more than seven decades of its 
first century, the College remained an exclusively liberal arts institution 
with emphasis on the Greek and Latin classics, English and modern 
languages, and with more attention to philosophy than to the physical 
or social sciences. Religion, of course, had its place in the classroom as 
well as in the nonacademic life of the College. 

Originally located on Harrison Avenue in the South End of 
Boston, where it shared quarters with the Boston College High School, 
the College outgrew its urban setting toward the end of its first 50 
years. A new location was selected in Chestnut Hill, then almost rural, 
and four parcels of land were acquired in 1907. A design competition 
for the development of the campus was won by the firm of Maginnis 
and Walsh, and ground was broken on June 19, 1 909, for the construc- 
tion of Gasson Hall. It is located on the site of the Lawrence farmhouse, 
in the center of the original tract of land purchased by Father Gasson 
and is built largely of stone taken from the surrounding property. 

Later purchases doubled the size of the property, with the addition 
of the upper campus in 1941, and the lower campus with the purchase 
of the Lawrence Basin and adjoining land in 1949. In 1974, Boston 
College acquired Newton College of the Sacred Heart, a mile-and-a- 
half from the main campus. With 1 5 buildings standing on 40 acres, 
it is now the site of the Boston College Law School and dormitories 
housing over 800 students, primarily freshmen. 

Though incorporated as a University since its beginning, it was 
not until its second half-century that Boston College began to fill 
out the dimensions of its University charter. The Summer Session 
was inaugurated in 1924; the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 
in 1925; the Law School in 1929; the Evening College in 1929; 
the Graduate School of Social Work in 1936; and the College of 
Business Administration in 1938. The latter, along with its Graduate 
School established in 1957, is now known as the Carroll School of 
Management. The Schools of Nursing and Education were founded 
in 1947 and 1952, respectively, and are now known as the Connell 
School of Nursing and the Carolyn A. and Peter S. Lynch School of 

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Education. The Weston Observatory, founded in 1928, was accepted 
as a Department of Boston College in 1947, offering courses in geo- 
physics and geology. In 2002, the Evening College was renamed the 
Woods College of Advancing Studies, offering the master's as well as 
the bachelor's degree. 

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences began programs at the 
doctoral level in 1952. Now courses leading to the doctorate are offered 
by 12 Arts and Sciences departments. The Schools of Education and 
Nursing, the Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs, and 
the Graduate School of Social Work also offer doctoral programs. 

In 1927, Boston College conferred one earned bachelor's degree 
and fifteen master's degrees to women through the Extension Division, 
the precursor of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the Evening 
College, and the Summer Session. By 1970, all undergraduate pro- 
grams had become coeducational. Today, female students comprise 
more than half of the University's enrollment. 

In July 1996, the University's longest presidency, 24 years, came 
to an end when Rev. J. Donald Monan, S.J., became chancellor and 
was succeeded in the presidency by Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J. During 
the decade of the nineties, the University completed several major con- 
struction projects, including the expansion and renovation of Higgins 
Hall, the updating of residence halls on the upper campus and Newton 
campus, and the construction of a new office building for faculty and 
administration on lower campus. These projects provided on-campus 
housing for more than 80% of the University's undergraduates. 

Since 1996, the University's endowment has grown from $590 
million to approximately $1.5 billion, with the "Ever to Excel" cam- 
paign raising more than $440 million in gifts from approximately 
90,000 donors. 

In September 2002, Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J., initiated "The 
Church in the 2 1 st Century" to examine critical issues confronting the 
Catholic Church. A milestone in the history of the University took 
place on June 29, 2004, when Boston College acquired 43 acres of land 
and five buildings in Brighton previously owned by the Archdiocese of 
Boston. The following November, the University also purchased 78.5 
acres of land in Dover from the Dominican Fathers to serve as a retreat 
and conference center. In August 2007, the University purchased an 
additional 1 8 acres of Brighton land from the Archdiocese, including 
several administrative and academic buildings. On December 5, 2007, 
Boston College unveiled its 10-year, $1.6 billion expansion plan, 
including a recreation complex, residences for undergraduates, a fine 
arts district, and new athletic facilities. 

In the fall of 2008, BC's new School of Theology and Ministry 
opened its doors on the Brighton campus. In 1939 Weston College had 
been designated as a constituent college of BC, but in 1974 changed 
its name to the Weston Jesuit School of Theology. In June 2008 it 
re-affiliated with BC, and joined the Institute of Religious Education 
and Pastoral Ministry and C21 Online to form the new Boston College 
School of Theology and Ministry. In June 2009, after a series of public 
hearings, the City of Boston gave its approval to BC's expansion plan 
for the Lower and Brighton campuses. In late August 2011, after 15 
months of extensive renovations, Gasson Hall, the University's first 
building on the Heights, reopened for classes. Work on nearby Stokes 
Hall, the 186,000 square foot academic building on Middle Campus, 
is scheduled to finish in the fall of 2012, with classes beginning in 
spring of 2013. 

Accreditation of the University 

Boston College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions 
of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of 
School and Colleges (NEASC) and has been accredited by NEASC 
since 1935. 

CIHE is recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a reli- 
able authority on the quality of education and adheres to the standards 
of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. As part of CIHE's 
guidelines, member institutions of NEASC undergo a peer review pro- 
cess every ten years which involves the preparation of a comprehensive 
self-study. Boston College's next full review for accreditation will occur 
in 2017. 

For information regarding the accreditation process please refer- 
ence: or the New England Association of School 
and Colleges, 209 Burlington Road, Suite 201, Bedford, MA 01730- 
1433. Inquiries regarding BC's accreditation may be directed to the 
Office of the Provost and Dean of Faculties, Boston College, 270 
Hammond Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (617-552-3260). For 
a paper copy of this information, please contact the Boston College 
Office of Institutional Research at 617-552-3111 or The 
mailing address is Boston College, IRPA, St. Clement's Hall, 140 
Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. 

In addition to NEASC, a variety of schools and programs at BC 
are affiliated with discipline-based accrediting agencies such as: Connell 
School of Nursing: American Association of Colleges of Nursing; 
Carroll School of Management: Association to Advance Collegiate 
Schools of Business; Law School: American Bar Association; Graduate 
School of Social Work: Council on Social Work Education; School 
of Theology and Ministry: The Association of Theological Schools; 
School of Arts and Sciences, Chemistry Department: American 
Chemical Society; Lynch School of Education, Teacher Education, 
Special Education, and Curriculum and Instruction programs: Teacher 
Education Accreditation Council; Doctoral Program in Counseling 
Psychology: American Psychological Association. 

The Campus 

Located between Boston and Newton, Boston College benefits 
from its proximity to one of America's greatest cities and its setting in a 
quiet residential suburb. Often cited as a model of university planning, 
the Main Campus is located in idyllic Chestnut Hill, just six miles from 
the heart of culturally rich Boston. 

The 120-acre Chestnut Hill campus comprises three levels: the 
Upper Campus, which contains undergraduate residence halls; the 
Middle Campus, which contains classrooms, laboratories, adminis- 
trative offices, and student facilities; and the Lower Campus, which 
includes Robsham Theater, Conte Forum, and student residences as 
well as dining, recreational, and parking facilities. 

The Newton Campus is situated one and one-half miles from the 
Chestnut Hill campus on a 40-acre site that includes Boston College 
Law School, as well as undergraduate dormitories, athletic fields, and 
student service facilities. 

The Brighton Campus, recently acquired from the Archdiocese of 
Boston, is located across Commonwealth Avenue from the Chestnut 
Hill Campus on a 65-acre site that will include administrative offices, 
an arts district, an athletics complex, and residence halls. 

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Academic Resources 

Art and Performance 

Boston College is home to a rich mix of cultural organizations, 
including musical performance groups, dance troupes, and theatre pro- 
ductions, ranging from classical to contemporary. Among the musical 
groups, students find a gospel choir, a pep band, a cappella groups, and 
jazz ensembles. The McMullen Museum of Art regularly mounts criti- 
cally acclaimed exhibitions, including past surveys of work by Edvard 
Munch and Caravaggio. The Theatre Department presents six dramatic 
and musical productions each year while student organizations produce 
dozens of other projects. The annual Arts Festival is a 3-day celebra- 
tion of the hundreds of Boston College faculty, students, and alumni 
involved in the arts. 

Campus Technology Resource Center (CTRC) 

The CTRC, located on the second floor of the O'Neill Library 
(room 250), is a resource for campus technology support and services. 
The CTRC provides a productive environment for the creative use 
of technology to enhance the academic experience. They offer a wide 
range of services to the Boston College community including email, 
printing, scanning, video editing, and music technology stations. Users 
also have access to Windows and Macintosh computers for various 
standard and specialized software applications for word processing, 
spreadsheets, statistical analysis, programming, graphics production, 
database management, and faculty sponsored applications. The Walk- 
in Help Desk (located in O'Neill 248) provides troubleshooting servic- 
es for personal computers, including software configuration, network 
connectivity, virus protection and removal, and password assistance. 
To learn more, visit 

The Help Center (2-HELP) 

The Help Center provides technical support via telephone (617- 
552-HELP), email (, and internet ( 
help) to the BC community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 

The Hardware Repair Center 

The Hardware Repair Center is located in O'Neill 208 and 
provides warranty and non-warranty repair of Apple, Dell, HP and 
Lenovo computers. For hours, rates and contact information please 

Language Laboratory 

The Boston College Language Laboratory serves the language 
learning and teaching needs of all of the University's language and 
literature departments, non-native speakers of English and the BC com- 
munity at large from its center in Lyons Hall, room 313. By provid- 
ing access to installed and portable equipment to be used with audio, 
video, cable television and multimedia learning tools, the Lab pursues 
its mission to promote and facilitate the acquisition and enhancement 
of language skills and cultural competence. In addition to its listening/ 
recording stations and teacher console, the facility includes: Mac and 
PC workstations, wireless laptops, laser printers, a materials develop- 
ment workstation, TV/video/DVD viewing rooms and media carrels, a 
CD listening station, and portable audio and video equipment. 

The Language Laboratory boasts an extensive catalog of resources 
in more than 1 7 languages and in multiple formats (analog and digital 
audio, videocassette, DVD, cable television programming, computer/ 
multimedia software, print materials — including monolingual and 

bilingual dictionaries, as well as language textbooks and activity manu- 
als for elementary through advanced language courses). Designed to 
assist users in the acquisition and maintenance of aural comprehension, 
oral and written proficiency, and cultural awareness, these resources 
directly support and/or supplement curriculum requirements in world 
language, culture, music, and literature. 

The Language Lab also supports the course planning and classroom 
teaching needs of language and literature faculty by encouraging recom- 
mendations for new acquisitions, assisting in the preparation of course 
materials, and serving as a multimedia classroom for the facilitation of 
curricular programming, including student participation in online lan- 
guage and intercultural learning exchanges with global partners. 

Boston College community members who wish to use the 
Language Laboratory facility and its collection will find the staff avail- 
able during the day, in the evening, and on weekends to assist them in 
the operation of equipment and in the selection of appropriate materials 
for their course-related or personal language needs. For more informa- 
tion about the Language Laboratory, call 617-552-8473 or visit www. 

The Libraries 

The Boston College Libraries offer a wealth of resources and ser- 
vices in support of the teaching and research activities of the University. 
The book collection numbers more than 2.1 million volumes and 
over 37,000 print and electronic serials. In addition to O'Neill, the 
Boston College Libraries comprise the Bapst Art Library, the Burns 
Library (rare books and special collections), the Educational Resource 
Center, the Law School Library, the O'Connor Library (at the Weston 
Observatory), the Social Work Library, and the Theology and Ministry 
Library. Available in the Libraries are workstations with productivity 
software, scanners, networked printers, as well as group study rooms. 
Digital Library Services 

The Boston College Libraries provide online access to a wide 
range of articles in journals, magazines and newspapers, as well as 
e-books, government documents, images, streaming video and audio, 
and other digital content. These resources, as well as detailed informa- 
tion about physical books and other items in the Libraries, are acces- 
sible via a central online discovery system as well as more than 500 
subject-specific databases. 

Books, DVDs, and other items checked out from the Libraries can 
be renewed online. Items not available at BC can be requested online 
from other libraries via interlibrary loan and WorldCat Local. 

The Libraries also provide more than 240 online research guides, 
including guides for broad and narrow subjects and specific Boston 
College courses. Library staff supplement in-person instruction, refer- 
ence, and consultation services with expert help via e-mail, text, 24/7 
chat, and online tutorials. 

The Boston College Libraries website is at 
Digital Institutional Repository 

The eScholarship@BC digital repository is a central online system 
maintained by the Boston College University Libraries. The goal is to 
showcase and preserve Boston College's scholarly output and to maxi- 
mize research visibility and influence. eScholarship@BC encourages 
community contributors to archive and disseminate scholarly work, 
peer-reviewed publications, books, chapters, conference proceedings, 
and small data sets in an online open access environment. 

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eScholarship@BC archives and makes digitally available the under- 
graduate honors theses and doctoral dissertations written by students at 
Boston College. 

As part of its eScholarship services, the Libraries host several open 
access journals. Library staff members provide set-up, initial design and 
technical support to the journal staff. For access and more information 
about eScholarship@BC, visit 
United States Government Publications 

Boston College Libraries is a member of the Federal Depository 
Library Program. O'Neill Library receives selective government docu- 
ments in electronic format, and maintains a legacy print collection. 
These materials are available to the general public as well as to Boston 
College students, faculty, and staff. Researchers can locate government 
documents in the online discovery system, and through a number of 
databases such as ProQuest Congressional and Hein Online. 

Questions about the availability of government publications 
should be directed to the Government Documents librarian or the 
Reference staff at O'Neill Library. 
Media Center 

The Media Center on the second floor of the O'Neill Library 
houses the Library's main collection of DVDs, videocassettes, compact 
discs, audiocassettes, and LPs. Media materials can be located via the 
online discovery system. The Media Center has individual viewing sta- 
tions, a preview room for small groups viewing, a classroom that may 
be reserved by faculty for classes using Media materials, digital video 
cameras, and a scanning station. 
Interlibrary Loan 

An Interlibrary Loan service is offered to students, faculty, admin- 
istrators, and staff to obtain research materials not owned by the Boston 
College Libraries. Books, journal articles, microfilm, and theses and 
government documents may be borrowed from other libraries across 
the nation. Some materials arrive within a day or two and electronic 
titles are delivered directly to the user's desktop. Requests are made by 
using forms in the online discovery system and the Find It option that 
appears in many online databases. 
Boston Library Consortium 

The Boston Library Consortium (BLC) is a group of area libraries 
which includes Boston College, Brandeis University, Boston University, 
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, Tufts 
University, the University of Massachusetts system, the University of 
New Hampshire, Wellesley College, and Williams College, as well as 
the State Library of Massachusetts and the Marine Biological Laboratory 
at Woods Hole. Boston College offers direct self-service borrowing 
and delivery from the BLC libraries by using WorldCat Local, one 
of the databases available to the BC community. With a Consortium 
borrower's card, faculty and students may visit a BLC library and check- 
out directly from the member library. In order to receive a BLC card, 
ask at the O'Neill Circulation Desk for more information about the 
Consortium services. 
Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 

ARL is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries at com- 
prehensive, research-extensive institutions in the U.S. and Canada that 
share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements. It is an 
important and distinctive association because of its membership and 
the nature of the institutions represented. ARL member libraries make 

up a large portion of the academic and research library marketplace, 
spending more than $1 billion every year on library materials. Boston 
College was invited to become a member of ARL in 2000. 

The Libraries of Boston College include: 

Bapst Art Library, a beautiful collegiate Gothic building that 
served as the main library for over 60 years, has been restored to its 
original splendor and houses the resources for library research in art, 
architecture, art history, and photography. A gallery which displays 
student artwork is located off the lobby, while the Graduate Study 
and Research Space is located in the mezzanine of the Kresge Reading 
Room. Gargan Hall, with its magnificent stained glass windows, pro- 
vides for quiet study 24 hours a day, five days a week when classes are 
in session. For more information, visit 

John J. Burns Library of Rare Books and Special Collections: The 
University's special collections, including the University's Archives, are 
housed in the Honorable John J. Burns Library, located in the Bapst 
Library Building, north entrance. These distinguished and varied col- 
lections speak eloquently of the University's commitment to the pres- 
ervation and dissemination of human knowledge. The Burns Library 
is home to more than 250,000 volumes, some 16 million manuscripts, 
and important collections of architectural records, maps, art works, 
photographs, films, prints, artifacts, and ephemera. Though its collec- 
tions cover virtually the entire spectrum of human knowledge, the Burns 
Library has achieved international recognition in several specific areas of 
research, most notably: Irish studies; British Catholic authors; Jesuitana; 
Fine Print; Catholic liturgy and life in America, 1925-1975; Boston 
history; the Caribbean, especially Jamaica; Nursing; and Congressional 
archives. It has also won acclaim for significant holdings on American 
detective fiction, Thomas Merton, Japanese prints. Colonial and early 
Republic Protestantism, banking, and urban studies, anchored by the 
papers of Jane Jacobs. To learn more about specific holdings in Burns, 
please see Burns sponsors an active exhibit and lec- 
ture series program. Burns is also actively digitizing many of its holdings, 
and these collections can be viewed at: 
coUinfo/digi talcollections.html. 

The University Archives are the official non-current papers and 
records of an institution that are retained permanently for their legal, 
fiscal, or historical values. The University Archives, a department within 
the John J. Burns Library, contains: the office records and documents 
of the various University offices, academic and other; copies of all 
University publications, including student publications; movie footage 
of Boston College football; some audiovisual materials; and tape record- 
ings of the University Lecture Series and other significant events. A 
significant collection of photographs documents the pictorial history of 
Boston College. Alumni, faculty, and Jesuit records are also preserved. 
In addition, the University Archives is the repository for the records of 
Newton College of the Sacred Heart (1946-1975) and the documents 
of the Jesuit Community of Boston College (1863-). 

The Educational Resource Center, a state-of-the-art-center, serves 
the specialized resource needs of the Lynch School of Education students 
and faculty. The collections include children's books, fiction and non- 
fiction, curriculum and instructional materials in all formats, educational 
and psychological tests, educational software intended for elementary 
and secondary school instruction, and educational technology. In addi- 
tion, the ERG has an interactive technology room designed to assist 
students in integrating computers and other technology in the K— 12 
classroom as well as to practice lesson plans and presentations. These 

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materials are unique to the needs of the Lynch School of Education 
and do not duplicate materials found in the O'Neill Library. For more 
information, visit 

Located on the Newton Campus, the Law School Library has a 
collection of approximately 468,000 volumes and volume equivalents 
of legal and related materials in a variety of media. The collection 
includes primary source materials consisting of reports of judicial deci- 
sions and statutory materials as well as a broad collection of secondary 
research materials in the form of textbooks and treatises, legal and relat- 
ed periodicals, legal encyclopedias, and related reference works. Most 
law-related licensed databases, with the exception of LexisNexis and 
Westlaw, are open for the entire university's use and may be accessed 
remotely. The Library possesses substantial and growing collections of 
international and comparative law works. The Daniel R. Coquillette 
Rare Book Room holds the Law Library's special collections and fea- 
tures an ongoing series of exhibits. For more information, visit 

The Catherine B. O'Connor Geophysics Library: Located at 
Weston Observatory, this library contains a specialized collection of 
earth sciences monographs, periodicals, and maps, particularly in the 
areas of seismology, geology, and geophysics. For more information, 

The Thomas P. O'Neill, Jr., Library is named for the former 
Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, 
Jr., class of 1936. The O'Neill Library is the central research library of 
the University and is located on the Main Campus in Chestnut Hill. 
Collections include approximately 2.1 million volumes on a broad 
range of subjects reflecting the University's extensive curriculum and 
research initiatives. For more information visit, 

The Connors Family Learning Center (CFLC), located on the 
second floor of O'Neill Library in the Eileen M. and John M. Connors, 
Jr., Learning Center, is a comprehensive, inclusive resource serving all 
of the University's students and faculty. The mission of the Center is 
to enhance teaching and learning across the University. One of the 
CFLC's three professional staff members assists students with learning 
disabilities, helping to ensure their academic success at Boston College. 
The Center offers free peer tutoring as well as sponsors seminars, 
workshops, and discussions for faculty and graduate teaching fellows 
on strategies for successful teaching and learning. 

The Social Work Library, located in McGuinn Hall, offers the 
full range of library services and resources needed to support students 
of the Graduate School of Social Work. The collection also serves the 
departments of Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Nursing, and 
related disciplines. Services are provided on-site by two librarians and 
two staff members. Many services can be accessed remotely through the 
Social Work Library website. For more information, visit 

The Theology and Ministry Library (TML) is the newest Boston 
College library. Serving the research, teaching, learning, and pastoral 
formation needs of the School of Theology and Ministry and Saint 
John's Seminary, the library's collections are centered in biblical stud- 
ies, Catholic theology, history, canon law, and Jesuitana. The TML 
is a member library of the Boston Theological Institute Libraries and 
Resources Network whose libraries' combined collections number 
nearly a million and a half volumes in theology and related disciplines. 

In addition, because of its close relationship to the highly respect- 
ed New Testament Abstracts which are edited and published at Boston 
College, the library is a depository of virtually all significant interna- 
tional publications in New Testament and related fields. For more 
information visit 

Media Technology Services 

Media Technology Services, a division of Information Technology 
Services, provides a full range of media and technology services to the 
entire University. MTS can assist members of the Boston College com- 
munity who are using technology in the areas of teaching and learning, 
research projects, conference planning, and event support. 

A wide array of equipment and multimedia display devices are 
available, and MTS can provide training and support for faculty who 
teach in classrooms that are equipped with the latest in multimedia 
technology. Services such as digital photography and media, video and 
audio production, CD and DVD production and duplication, and 
graphic design are also available. Faculty who wish to reach their stu- 
dents outside of the classroom can take advantage of the BC Cable TV 
system by airing original or rental films and videos. Media Technology 
Services is located in Campion Hall, Room 36. For more information, 
call 617-552-4500 or visit 

Divisions within MTS include: 

Classroom Support Services 

Graphic Services 

Photography Services 

Audio Services 

Video Services 

Cable Television Services 

Film and Video Rentals 

Newton Campus Support Services 

Project Management and Technical Support Services 

University Research Institutes and 

Research is an important part of the intellectual life at Boston 
College. Faculty members, graduate students, and undergraduates 
collaborate in a range of research strategies across the disciplines and 
professional schools including laboratory studies, quantitative and 
qualitative research, archival and textual research, theory development, 
and field and basic research. In addition to the work of individual 
faculty and units, Boston College supports the collaborative work of 
faculty and students across the University through the following centers 
and institutes: 

Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life 

Through its many campus events, seminars, publications, and visit- 
ing fellows program, the Boisi Center creates opportunities for scholars, 
policy makers, and media and religious leaders to connect in conversa- 
tion and scholarly reflection around issues at the intersection of religion 
and American public life. The Center does not seek to advance any ide- 
ological or theological agenda, whether conservative or liberal. Rather, 
it operates on the conviction that rigorous conversation about religion 
and public life can clarify the moral consequences of public policies in 
ways that help to maintain the common good while respecting America's 
increasing religious diversity. For more information, visit 

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Center for Christian-Jewish Learning 

The Center for Christian-Jewish Learning is devoted to the multi- 
faceted development and implementation of new relationships between 
Christians and Jews that are based not merely on toleration, but on 
full respect and mutual enrichment. This defining purpose flows from 
the mission of Boston College and responds to the vision expressed in 
Roman Catholic documents ever since the Second Vatican Council. 

The building of new, positive relationships between Jews 
and Christians requires sustained collaborative academic research. 
Therefore, under the Center's auspices, scholars and thinkers repre- 
senting diverse Jewish and Christian perspectives engage in intense and 
ongoing study of all aspects of our related, yet distinct, traditions of 
faith and culture. 

The Center is thus dedicated to conducting educational research 
and to offering programs, both in the University and the wider com- 
munity, in which Christians and Jews explore their traditions together. 
For more information, visit 

Center for Corporate Citizenship 

The Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship has a mem- 
bership base of 400 global companies who are committed to leveraging 
their social, economic, and human resources to ensure business success 
and a more just and sustainable world. The Center, which is a part of 
the Carroll School of Management, achieves results through the power 
of research, education, and member engagement. The Center offers 
publications including an electronic newsletter, research reports, and a 
weekly media monitor; professional development programs; and events 
that include an annual conference, roundtables, and regional meetings. 
Contact the Center for Corporate Citizenship at 617-552-4545, www., or 

Center for East Europe, Russia, and Asia 

The Center's programs encourage faculty and students to par- 
ticipate in interdepartmental endeavors on both the graduate and 
undergraduate levels. Participating faculty come from the Fine Arts, 
History, Philosophy, Political Science, Slavic and Eastern Languages 
and Literatures, and Theology departments, and offer over 80 academic 
courses connected with the study of the culture, history, and political 
life of East Europe, Russia, the Balkans, and Central Asia. 

Information is available from the Directors, Cynthia Simmons 
(Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures, Lyons Hall, Room 210) 
and Roberta Manning (History, Maloney Hall, Room 417). 

Center for Human Rights and International Justice 

The Center for Human Rights and International Justice, a col- 
laborative effort of faculty from various departments and schools at 
Boston College, addresses the increasingly interdisciplinary needs of 
human rights work. Through multidisciplinary training programs, 
applied research, and the interaction of scholars with practitioners, the 
Center aims to nurture a new generation of scholars and practitioners 
who draw upon the strengths of many disciplines, and the wisdom of 
rigorous ethical training in the attainment of human rights and inter- 
national justice. For more information, visit 

Center for Ignatian Spirituality 

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College offers 
members of the university — and faculty and staff in particular — oppor- 
tunities to learn about and experience more deeply the spirituality of 
Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. This spirituality 
is at the heart of the Jesuit mission of Boston College. The Center 

sponsors talks on campus, and offers retreats, seminars, and reflection 
opportunities for groups as well as individual spiritual direction. For 
more information, visit us at Rahner House, 96 College Road, or call 
617-552-1777 or visit 

Center for International Higher Education 

Established in 1995 and housed in the Lynch School of Education, 
the Center for International Higher Education (CIHE) is a research 
and service agency providing information, publications, and a sense 
of community to colleges and universities worldwide. Our focus is 
conducting research and disseminating knowledge on current issues in 
higher education worldwide. We are concerned with academic institu- 
tions in the Jesuit tradition, as well as with other universities. There is a 
special concern with the needs of academic institutions in the develop- 
ing countries of the Third World. 

Center activities include the publication of International Higher 
Education, a quarterly newsletter dealing with the central concerns of 
higher education in an international context; a book series on higher 
education; the maintenance of an international database of administra- 
tors, policy makers, and researchers in the field of higher education; 
and sponsorship of an international conference on higher education 
issues. Visiting scholars from Jesuit and other universities worldwide 
occasionally are in residence at the Center. CIHE works in conjunction 
with the Higher Education Program of the Lynch School. 

For more information on the Center for International Higher 
Education, visit 

Center for Optimized Student Support 

The mission of the Center for Optimized Student Support is to 
study the most effective ways to address the out-of-school factors impact- 
ing student learning and thriving in schools. The Center develops, tests, 
and disseminates innovative practices that address these out-of-school 
factors (social/emotional, health, and family) by optimizing student sup- 
port in schools. 

Center for Retirement Research 

The Center for Retirement Research at Boston College was estab- 
lished through a grant from the Social Security Administration in 1998. 
The goals of the Center are to promote research on retirement issues, 
to transmit new findings to the policy community and the public, to 
help train new scholars, and to broaden access to valuable data sources. 
The Center is the headquarters for researchers and experts in affili- 
ated institutions including MIT, Syracuse University, the Brookings 
Institution, the Urban Institute, and the American Enterprise Institute. 
The Center is structured around an interdisciplinary research team 
with backgrounds in actuarial science, demography, economics, eco- 
nomic history, finance, political science, sociology, and social work. 
This team possesses a breadth of knowledge on retirement issues that 
is virtually unmatched in the field. As the nation confronts the myriad 
issues surrounding how best to ensure adequate retirement income 
for an aging population, the Center's research experts explore trends 
in Social Security, private pensions, and other sources of retirement 
income and labor force issues involving older workers. The Center also 
employs undergraduate and graduate research assistants and sponsors 
competitive grant programs for junior faculty and graduate students. 

For more information on publications, events, and financial sup- 
port programs, call (617-552-1762), send an email (, or 
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Center for Student Formation 

The Center for Student Formation engages students to explore 
the connection between their talents, dreams, and the world's deep 
needs. By incorporating faculty and staff into all areas of program- 
ming, the Center provides opportunities in which students may fully 
integrate their intellectual, social, and spiritual experiences. In addition 
to sponsoring events for faculty, staff, and students, the Center for 
Student Formation collaborates with University departments to serve 
as a resource for new program design and implementation. 

Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and 
Educational Policy (CSTEEP) 

The Lynch School of Education houses the Center for the 
Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy (CSTEEP), a 
University-supported research center internationally recognized for its 
work in the policy uses of tests. This research center is a rich resource 
for all programs in education and is especially known for its work 
with large-scale assessment surveys such as the National Assessment of 
Educational Progress and in the analyses of policies related to test-based 
educator accountability. 

Further information on CSTEEP is available on its website at 

Center on Wealth and Philanthropy 

The Center on Wealth and Philanthropy (CWP), formerly the 
Social Welfare Research Institute, studies spirituality, wealth, philan- 
thropy, and other aspects of cultural life in an age of affluence. The 
Center's mission is to create fresh and valid thinking about the spiritual 
foundations of wealth and philanthropy in order to create a wiser and 
more generous allocation of wealth. CWP is a recognized authority on 
the meaning and practice of care, on the patterns and trends in indi- 
vidual charitable giving, on philanthropy by the wealthy, and on the 
forthcoming $41 trillion wealth transfer. 

CWP has published research on the patterns, meanings, and 
motives of charitable giving; on survey methodology; on the formal 
and informal care in daily life; and on financial transfers to family and 
philanthropy by the wealthy. Other areas of research include the "new 
physics of philanthropy," which identifies the economic and social- 
psychological vectors inclining wealth holders toward philanthropy. 
Other initiatives include (1) educating fundraising and financial 
professionals in the use of a discernment methodology based on 
Ignatian principles for guiding wealth holders through a self-reflective 
process of decision making about their finances and philanthropy; (2) 
analyzing what key religious and philosophical thinkers understand 
and teach about wealth and charity; (3) estimating wealth transfer 
projections for states and metropolitan regions; and (4) analyzing the 
patterns of relative philanthropic generosity among cities, states, and 
regions in the U.S. Additionally, the Center had conducted the study 
titled "The Joys and Dilemmas of Wealth," which surveyed people 
worth $25 million or more and delved into the deeper meanings, 
opportunities, and hindrances facing wealth holders. The Center, 
known for its 2009 wealth transfer estimate of $41 trillion, has recently 
produced a completely revised Wealth Transfer model, indicating an 
even greater projection for wealth transfer than the 2009 study. Based 
on the new model, the Center has produced a wealth transfer reports 
for North Dakota and Rhode Island, and is now working on estimates 
for various Florida metro areas and counties as well as the Boston 
Metro Area. 

Over the past 20 years, CWP has received generous support from 
the T. B. Murphy Foundation Charitable Trust, the Bill and Melinda 
Gates Foundation, Wells Fargo, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the 
Lilly Endowment, Inc., the Boston Foundation, the John Templeton 
Foundation, the Wieler Family Foundation, Eaton Vance Investment 
Counsel, and Silver Bridge financial advisement. For more informa- 
tion, visit 

Center for Work & Family 

The Boston College Center for Work & Family (BCCWF) is a 
global leader in helping organizations create effective workplaces that 
support and develop healthy and productive employees. The Center, 
part of the Carroll School of Management, links the academic commu- 
nity to leaders in the working world dedicated to promoting workforce 
effectiveness. With nearly 100 leading employers as our corporate part- 
ners, BCCWF has the potential to affect the lives and work environ- 
ments of four million employees. As work-life issues continue to become 
more prominent in discussion, BCCWF is frequently called upon as an 
expert contributor to explore the myriad of challenges facing workplaces, 
families, and society. 

The Center's values are: 

• Bridging Research and Practice: We seek to advance the depth 
and quality of knowledge in the work-life field and serve as a 
bridge between academic research and organizational practice. 

• Transforming Organizations: We believe any work-life initiative 
is also an organizational change initiative. We help identify and 
develop organizational models to meet the needs of a contempo- 
rary workforce and provide expertise to assist in implementing 
these changes successfully. 

• Strengthening Society: We believe employers who recognize and 
manage the interdependence of work, family, and community 
build stronger organizations and a more vibrant society. 

The Center's initiatives fall into three broad categories: workplace 
partnerships, research, and education. 

• Workplace Partnerships: The Center is home to three highly 
successful employer partnerships: the Work and Family 
Roundtable, established in 1990, the New England Work and 
Family Association (NEWFA), established in 1992, and the 
Global Workforce Roundtable, established in 2006. 

• Research: The Center focuses attention on applied studies that 
contribute knowledge building, meet standards of rigorous 
research, and are meaningful and practical to practitioners. 
The Center's research focuses on how organizational leadership, 
culture, and human resource practices increase work force pro- 
ductivity and commitment while also improving the quality of 
employees' lives. Recent topics of focus include career manage- 
ment, workplace flexibility, fatherhood, and Millennials in the 

• Education: Consistent with the mission of Boston College, 

the Center is committed to academic excellence. Several courses 
are offered within the Boston College community as well as 
customized educational programs that can be presented within 
organizations. The publications produced by the Center are 
available as educational resources, including an Executive 
Brieflng Series, which addresses strategic issues relevant to the 
current business climate. 
For more information, visit follow @BCCWF. 

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Institute of Medieval Philosophy and Theology 

The Institute is a center that unites the teaching and research 
efforts of the faculty members in the Philosophy and Theology depart- 
ments who specialize in Christian, Jewish, and Arabic medieval phi- 
losophy and theology. Doctoral degrees are awarded in the Philosophy 
or Theology departments, and students matriculate in one of these two 
departments. The focus of the Institute is on the relationship between 
medieval philosophy and theology and modern continental philosophy 
and theology. 

To foster this dialogue and encourage the scholarly retrieval of the 
great medieval intellectual world, the Institute offers graduate student 
fellowships and assistantships through the Philosophy and Theology 
Departments; sponsors speakers programs; runs a faculty-student semi- 
nar to investigate new areas of medieval philosophical and theological 
research; and has set up a research center to assist in the publication 
of monographs and articles in the diverse areas of medieval philosophy 
and theology to encourage the translations of medieval sources, and 
to stimulate editions of philosophical and theological texts. For more 
information, visit 

Institute for Scientific Research 

Formed in 1954, The Institute for Scientific Research (ISR) is the 
largest sponsored research center at Boston College. It embodies the 
University's motto "Ever to Excel." It has been and continues to be at 
the forefront of world-class innovative research. 

Our highly skilled team of scientists, engineers, mathematicians, 
and research associates uses its expertise for theoretical and experimen- 
tal studies that include space physics, space chemistry, solar-terrestrial 
research, space weather, and seismic studies. 

Our current projects include heavenly explorations, such as 
observing the celestial sky to interpret the changes in infrared emissions 
in space, and earthbound pursuits, such as defining the effects of solar 
storms on space-based communication and navigation systems. 

Our researchers are fully dedicated to their work and have 
achieved numerous awards and high acclaim from our sponsors, who 
include the following: 

• Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) 

• Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) 
Office of Naval Research (ONR) 

• National Science Foundation (NSF) 

• National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) 

• Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) 

• Other sponsors and partners from industry and academia 

As an organized research institute at Boston College, ISR sup- 
ports the research mission of Boston College to conduct national and 
international significant research that advances insight and understand- 
ing, enriches culture, and addresses pressing social needs. Through our 
research and workshops, ISR also fosters the intellectual development 
of young scientists from around the world. For more information on 
our programs, visit 

Institute for the Study and Promotion of Race and 
Culture (ISPRC) 

The ISPRC was founded in 2000, under the direction of Dr. 
Janet E. Helms, to promote the assets and address the societal conflicts 
associated with race or culture in theory and research, mental health 
practice, education, business, and society at large. 

The ISPRC solicits, designs, and disseminates effective interven- 
tions with a proactive, pragmatic focus. Each year the Institute addresses 
a racial or cultural issue that could benefit from a pragmatic scholarly 
focus through its Diversity Challenge conference. An annual Summer 
Workshop focuses on teaching applied skills to mental health profession- 
als, educators, and students in related fields. For more information, visit 

Irish Institute 

The Irish Institute is a division of the Center for Irish Programs 
at Boston College. The mission of the Institute is to promote the peace 
and normalization process on the island of Ireland and to contribute 
to social, political, and economic stability through cross-border and 
cross-community cooperation. Professional development programming 
by the Institute introduces Irish and Northern Irish participants to 
successful models of best practices in the U.S., as well as offering an 
opportunity for cultural exchange that promotes mutual understanding 
among the U.S., Ireland, and Northern Ireland. 

Since its founding in 1997, more than 1,000 decision-makers 
from all sectors, including government, business, education, environ- 
ment, poUcing, media, and nonprofits, have participated in over 100 
Irish Institute programs. Programs balance classroom seminars led 
by Boston College faculty with site visits to innovative and effective 
industry leaders in Massachusetts and across the United States. The 
Irish Institute is regarded as an honest broker by all parties on the island 
of Ireland, and its reputation for delivering quality programming in an 
inclusive environment attracts leaders from all communities and from 
across the political spectrum. 

The Irish Institute's 2012-2013 programming will address, 
among other issues, the relationship between the arts and business, 
cost-cutting policy making, disabilities and equal access, the marine 
economy, political leadership, social enterprise and unemployment, 
executive leadership, and global management strategy. 

The Institute receives annual funding from Boston College, the 
U.S. Congress through the U.S. Department of State, the Bureau of 
Cultural and Educational Affairs, as well as through external business 
partnerships. For more information, visit our website at 
irishinstitute or contact Director, Dr. Robert Mauro at 617-552-4503. 

Jesuit Institute 

The Jesuit Institute was established in 1988 to contribute towards 
the response to the question of identity. The Institute, initially funded 
by the Jesuit Community at Boston College, is not an additional or 
separate academic program. Rather, it is a research institute that works 
in cooperation with existing schools, programs, and faculty primarily 
but not exclusively at Boston College. Within an atmosphere of com- 
plete academic freedom essential to a university, the Institute engages 
positively in the intellectual exchange that constitutes the University. 
Its overarching purpose is to foster research and collaborate interchange 
upon those issues that emerge at the intersection of faith and culture. 
Through its programs, the Institute does this in two ways: by support- 
ing the exploration of those religious and ethical questions raised by 
this intersection, and by supporting the presence of scholars committed 
to these questions. Visit 

Lonergan Center 

Studies related to the work of the Jesuit theologian and philoso- 
pher Bernard Lonergan, S.J., (1904-1984) are fostered and advanced 
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the Center houses a growing collection of Lonergan's published and 
unpublished writings as well as secondary materials and reference 
works. Boston College sponsors the annual Lonergan Workshop each 
June, providing resources, lectures, and workshops for the study of the 
thought of Bernard Lonergan, SJ. Scholarships and fellowships offered 
by the Lonergan Institute enable scholars from around the world to 
utilize the resources of the Center. For more information, visit www. 

TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center 

The TIJVISS & PIRLS International Study Center, Lynch School 
of Education, is a global research enterprise that conducts assessments 
of student educational achievement in countries all around the world. 
Drs. Ina V.S. MuUis and Michael O. Martin, Executive Directors, 
provide the overall international direction of TIMSS (Trends in 
International Mathematics and Science Study) and PIRLS (Progress 
in International Reading Literacy Study). In 2011, nearly 90 countries 
and 900,000 students participated in TIMSS and PIRLS. 

TIMSS assesses mathematics and science at 4th and 8th grades, 
as well as advanced mathematics and physics at 12th grade (TIMSS 
Advanced). PIRLS assesses reading comprehension at the fourth grade 
and has a less difficult version for developing countries (prePIRLS). 
The TIMSS & PIRLS International Study Center is funded by 
the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational 
Achievement (lEA), headquartered in The Netherlands. For more 
information, visit or 

Weston Observatory of the Department of Earth and 
Environmental Sciences 

The Weston Observatory of Earth and Environmental Sciences, 
formerly Weston College (1928-1949), is the seismology research 
division of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at 
Boston College. It is a premier research institute and exceptional sci- 
ence education center. The Observatory's Boston College Educational 
Seismology Project uses seismology as a medium for inviting students 
into the world of science research by inquiry-based learning through 
investigations of earthquakes recorded by seismographs located in doz- 
ens of K— 12 classrooms. The Weston Observatory provides free guided 
or self-guided tours of its facilities to numerous private-, public-, char- 
ter-, and home-schooled students and teachers, community groups, 
and the general public. The Weston Observatory also hosts monthly 
evening science colloquiums for the public, and welcomes a limited 
number of local high school interns and BC students working on a 
variety of geophysical research projects to help the senior scientists for a 
unique educational opportunity. The Weston Observatory serves as the 
seismology information and data resource center to the Massachusetts 
Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), the media, first respond- 
ers, the general public, and other stakeholders. 

Weston Observatory was one of the first participating facilities 
in the Worldwide Standardized Seismograph Network and currently 
monitors earthquake activity in the northeast U.S., as well as distant 
earthquakes. The facilities at Weston Observatory offer students a 
unique opportunity to work on exciting projects with modern scien- 
tific research equipment in a number of different areas of seismology 
research. For more information, visit 

Student Life Resources 

Athletics Department 

In keeping with its tradition as a Catholic and Jesuit university, 
rooted in a belief that seeks God in all things, especially in human 
activity, the Boston College Athletics Department offers a broad-based 
program of intercollegiate athletics, as well as intramural, recreation, 
and club sport opportunities. Through these activities, the Athletics 
Department provides an educational experience that promotes the 
development of the whole person intellectually, physically, socially, 
and spiritually. Through its offerings, the Athletics Department plays 
an integral part in the personal formation and development of students, 
preparing them for citizenship, service, and leadership. 

The University's pursuit of a just society is fostered through 
the Athletics Department's commitment to the highest standards of 
integrity, ethics, and honesty. The Athletics Department promotes the 
principles of sportsmanship, fair play, and fiscal responsibility in com- 
pliance with University, Conference, and NCAA policies. 

The Athletics Department supports and promotes the University's 
goal of a diverse student body, faculty, and staff. In this spirit, the 
Athletics Department supports equitable opportunities for all students 
and staff, including minorities and women. 

Career Center 

The Career Center at Boston College offers an exciting program 
of services and resources designed to help students build successful 
careers. Through the Career Center, graduate students may obtain 
advice and guidance regarding career goals, internships, and job search 
techniques. Students may also network with BC alumni through 
Linkedin accounts. Professional assistance and advice on navigating a 
comprehensive, educational Career Center website is available. 

Graduate career services for business students are available through 
the Career Strategies Office of the Carroll School of Management, 
Graduate Programs. Law students also have their own career services 
office on the Newton Campus. 

Office of Campus Ministry 

Boston College is built on the Roman Catholic faith tradition 
and the spirituality of the Society of Jesus. Campus ministers strive to 
serve the Boston College Catholic community, as well as support men 
and women of other faith traditions in their desire to deepen their 
relationship to God. 

The Office of Campus Ministry provides regular opportunities 
for the celebration of the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, 
Confirmation and other sacraments on campus. It fosters involve- 
ment in these celebrations through the liturgical arts program, music 
ministry groups, and the training of lectors and Eucharistic ministers. 
Reconciliation services are scheduled during Advent and Lent, while 
individual confessions are available before Masses or by appoint- 
ment Campus Ministry also supports Ecumenical and Multi-faith 
services throughout the year, such as the Interfaith Thanksgiving 
Service, the Martin Luther King Memorial Service, and the Service 
of Remembrance. 

The Office of Campus Ministry offers opportunities for students 
and others to participate in experiences designed to promote justice 
and charity. Service projects include the Appalachia Volunteer Program 
(Spring and Summer), Urban Immersion, 4Boston, Loyola Volunteers, 
and the Arrupe International Service/Immersion trips to Belize, 
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Cuernavaca, Puebla, Chiapas, Morelos in Mexico. Campus Ministry 
also connects graduating seniors with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and 
other postgraduate volunteer programs. 

The Office of Campus Ministry provides pastoral counseling for 
anyone tested or confused by life's twists and turns and its ups and 
downs. It also offers spiritual guidance for students and others seeking 
to deepen their relationship to God through the Spiritual Exercises of 
St. Ignatius of Loyola. Further, Campus Ministry provides students 
with prayer group experiences (CURA) and religious retreats through- 
out the year, like Kairos, the Busy Student Retreat, and Manresa (the 
Silent Retreat) — all faithful to the Ignatian tradition. 

Office of Campus Ministry is located in McElroy 233, 617-552- 
3475. For more information visit 

Dining Services 

Graduate students may open an optional Eagle-One account, 
which allows them to use their BC Eagle ID to make purchases at a 
variety of food and retail locations both on and off campus. Optional 
accounts are convenient, pre-paid, declining balance accounts that are 
ideal for graduate and law students. Want to save money? Opening an 
optional Dining Bucks account saves you 10% on every purchase you 
make in a dining hall or outlet such as the Bean Counter or Hillside. 
Dining Bucks are also accepted in vending machines although with no 
discount. These accounts, which are fully refundable if you don't use 
them, may be opened online any time of the year through the Agora 

Disability Services Office 

Services for graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, med- 
ical, psychiatric, and temporary disabilities are coordinated through 
the Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities. Academic support 
services provided to students who provide appropriate documentation 
are individualized and may include, but are not limited to, sign lan- 
guage interpreters, CART services, electronic textbooks, extended time 
on exams, alternate testing locations, facilitation of program modifica- 
tion, course under-loads, readers, scribes, and note-takers. Additionally, 
parking permits are granted for temporarily disabled students. The 
Assistant Dean works with each student individually to determine the 
appropriate accommodations necessary for the student's full participa- 
tion in college programs and activities. For more information, contact 
Assistant Dean Paulette Durrett at 617-552-3470 or visit 

Services and accommodations for students with learning dis- 
abilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder are coordinated 
through the Connors Family Learning Center. The Center, located in 
O'Neill Library, provides academic support services and accommoda- 
tions to undergraduate and graduate students. The Center's services are 
extensive and vary depending upon the unique needs of the individual 
student. For more information, contact Dr. Kathy Duggan at 617-552- 
8093 or visit 

Graduate Student Association 

The Graduate Student Association (GSA) of Boston College is a 
student-run organization that serves graduate students in the College of 
Arts and Sciences, the Lynch School of Education, the Connell School 
of Nursing, the Graduate School of Social Work, the Carroll School of 
Management, and the School of Theology and Ministry. Additionally, 
the GSA coordinates the functions and activities of the Graduate 
African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American Student 

Association (Grad AHANA), and the Graduate International Student 
Association (GISA). The GSA serves two primary purposes: providing 
programming to meet graduate students' needs, and providing advo- 
cacy within the greater Boston College community for issues of import 
to graduate students. Membership in the GSA is open to any graduate 
student in good standing in one of the constituent schools. The GSA 
is lead by an Executive Board consisting of a President, Vice-President, 
and Financial Director, and by a Senate consisting of one member each 
from the constitute schools, Grad AHANA, and GISA. The GSA is 
advised by the Office of Graduate Student Life. GSA offices are located 
in the Murray Graduate Student Center at 292 Hammond Street, 
across Beacon Street from Middle Campus. For more information, 

The Office of Graduate Student Life/John Courtney 
Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center 

As part of the Division of Student Affairs, the mission of the 
Office of Graduate Student Life is to facilitate student learning and for- 
mation in their fullest sense (integrating intellectual, ethical, religious 
and spiritual, and emotional-social development) and to promote an 
inclusive community of engaged learners while advancing the Jesuit 
Catholic heritages and values of Boston College. To this end, the Office 
of Graduate Student Life provides outreach to graduate and profes- 
sional students through a variety of programs, services, and advocacy 
efforts. Working together with faculty, staff, and student organizations, 
the Office of Graduate Student Life provides both co-curricular and 
academic support to the graduate student community. 

The John Courtney Murray, S.J. Graduate Student Center is an 
essential component of the Office's mission, serving as a center of hos- 
pitality and community building. It provides a number of services and 
amenities, including a computer lab (printing, network, and wireless 
access), study areas, meeting space, dining and lounge areas, billiards, 
ping pong, and a free DVD lending library for all current graduate 
students. Spaces within the house can be reserved for events and group 
meetings. The Center is located at 292 Hammond Street (just across 
Beacon Street from McElroy). 

For more information about programs and services provided by 
the Office of Graduate Student Life, call 617-552-1855 or visit www. 

University Health Services 

The mission of University Health Services (UHS), is to enhance 
the physical and psychological well being of Boston College students by 
providing multifaceted health care services in the Jesuit tradition of cura 
personalis (care for the entire person). UHS provides a compassionate 
safe haven for those in crisis and improves student learning outcomes 
through modifying health related barriers to learning, enabling full 
participation in the college experience. The Department is located in 
Gushing Hall on the Main Campus and can be contacted by calling 

The Outpatient Unit staff includes full-time primary care phy- 
sicians, nurse practitioners, and on-site specialty consultants. The 
24-hour Inpatient Unit provides care for students requiring observa- 
tion and frequent physician/nurse assessments. The staff also provides 
urgent outpatient nursing assessments when the Outpatient Unit is 
closed and can be reached at 617-552-3225. 


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Accessing care from University Health Services is optional for 
graduate students and is available through payment of the Health/ 
Infirmary fee or on a fee-for-service basis. 

All students may have access to the facilities for first aid or in case 
of an emergency. 

The Health/Infirmary fee covers medical care provided on campus 
by University Health Services and is not to be confused with medical 
insurance. Massachusetts law requires that all students be covered by 
an Accident and Sickness Insurance Policy so that protection may be 
assured in case of hospitalization or other costly outside medical ser- 
vices. See Massachusetts Medical Insurance. 

Additional information is available at the University Health 
Services website: For additional informa- 
tion regarding services or insurance, call 617-552-3225 or visit the 
Primary Care Center on the first floor of Cushing Hall. 


Graduate students registering at the credit levels listed below are 
required to comply with Massachusetts General Laws (the College 
Immunization Law): 

School Credit Level 

Woods College of Advancing Studies — Graduate 9 

College of Arts and Sciences — Graduate 9 

Lynch School of Education — Graduate 9 

Law 12 

Carroll School of Management — Graduate 9 

Council School of Nursing — Graduate 9 

Graduate School of Social Work 9 

School of Theology and Ministry 9 

The College Immunization Law requires proof of the following 

• 1 Tetanus-Diphtheria Booster (received within the past 1 years) 

• 2 Measles, Mumps, and Rubella 

• 3 doses of the hepatitis B vaccine 

• Meningitis immunization or submission of waiver form for all 
students living in University-sponsored housing 

• In addition, the Connell Graduate School of Nursing also 
requires the positive blood titers showing proof of immunity for 
measles, mumps, rubella, and varicella 

If proof of immunization for measles, mumps, and/or rubella is 
not available for students enrolled in any graduate program, a blood 
Titer showing immunity will be accepted. 

Failure to show proof of immunizations within 30 days from the 
start of classes will result in a block on your registration, and an admin- 
istrative fee of $65 will be charged to your student account. 

The only exceptions permitted are conflicts with personal reli- 
gious belief or documentation by a physician that immunizations 
should not be given due to pre-existing medical problems. 

University Coimseling Services (UCS) 

University Counseling Services (UCS) provides counseling, psy- 
chological, and psychiatric services to the students of Boston College. 
The goal of UCS is to assist students in understanding and solving 
problems that interfere with their personal development and success 
as students. Services available include individual counseling and psy- 
chotherapy, psychiatric services, consultation, evaluation, and referral. 
Students wishing to make an appointment should call 617-552-3310. 

Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC) 

The mission of the Volunteer and Service Learning Center is to 
support students who seek opportunities to serve others. We do this by 
communicating volunteer needs, offering advisement and resources for 
service initiatives, providing educational opportunities, and collaborating 
with other University departments who engage with students in service. 
The Center supports the education and formation of our students by 
promoting conscientious service in the context of Catholic social teach- 
ing and contemporary Jesuit education. Services include: 

• An online volunteer database available for students to find ser- 
vice placements in the Greater Boston area that fit their interests 
and schedules 

• Community partnerships in the Greater Boston area 

• Annual volunteer fairs 

• An English Language Learners program for BC employees who 
practice their language skills with BC student tutors 

• Post-graduate volunteer programming, including an annual fair, 
discernment retreat, and student advisement for those consider- 
ing full-time volunteer work after leaving Boston College 

• Advisement for domestic service projects 

• Partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay 

• Support and training for University departments and student 
groups on volunteer projects 

• Annual programs including the Welles R. Crowther Red 
Bandanna 5k Run, the Fair Trade Holiday Sale, Hoops for 
Hope, Jemez Pueblo Service Program, Nicaragua Faculty/Staff 
Immersion Trip 

For more information, visit 

Annual Notification of Rights 

The Executive Director of Student Services and the Vice President 
for Student Affairs are responsible for notifying students annually of 
their rights under FERPA. The annual notice is to appear in the Boston 
College Bulletin and in the Boston College Student Guide. 

All non-directory information is considered confidential and will 
not be released to outside inquiries without the express written consent 
of the student. 

Student Rights Under FERPA 

Boston College maintains a large number of records regarding 
its students in the administration of its educational programs, as well 
as its housing, athletics, and extracurricular programs. The University 
also maintains employment and financial records for its own use and to 
comply with state and federal regulations. Boston College is committed 
to protecting the privacy interests of its students and to maintaining 
the confidentiality of student records in accordance with the Family 
Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). 

These rights are as follows: 

• The right to inspect and review the student's education record 
within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for 

Any student who wishes to inspect and review information con- 
tained in an education record maintained by any office of the 
University may, with proper identification, request access to the 
record from the office responsible for maintaining that record. 
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to be granted access to the record as soon as possible and, unless 
the circumstances require the existence of a formal request, an 
oral request may be honored. 

Whenever an office responsible for maintaining education 
records is unable to respond at once, the student may submit to 
the Office of Student Services, dean, academic department head, 
or other appropriate official a written request that identifies the 
record he or she wishes to inspect. The University official is to 
make arrangements for access, and is to notify the student of 
the time and place the record may be inspected. If the record is 
not maintained by the University official to whom the request 
is submitted, that official is to advise the student of the correct 
official to whom the request is to be addressed. 

• The right to request the amendment of the student's education 
record if the student believes that information contained in his 
or her record is inaccurate, misleading or in violation of his or 
her rights of privacy. 

Any student who believes that information contained in his or 
her education record is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of 
his or her rights of privacy is to write to the University official 
responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the 
record he or she wants changed, and specifying why the record 
should be amended. 

If the University concludes that the record should not be amend- 
ed as requested, the University will notify the student, advise the 
student of his or her right to a hearing and provide information 
about the hearing process. 

• The right to consent to the disclosure of personally identifiable 
information contained in the student's education record, except 
to the extent permitted under FERPA. One exception that 
permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to University 
officials with legitimate educational interests, which may include 
employees in administrative, supervisory, academic or research, 
or support staff position (including law enforcement unit per- 
sonnel and health staff); members of the Board of Trustees; and 
students serving on an official committees, such as a disciplinary 
or grievance committees, or assisting another University officials 
in performing their tasks. University officials may also be con- 
tractors, consultants, volunteers or other outside parties to whom 
the University has outsourced institutional services or functions 
that would ordinarily be performed by University employees. 
The University may disclose education records without consent 
to officials of other educational institutions that have requested 
the records and in which a student seeks or intends to enroll 

or is already enrolled so long as the disclosure is for purposes 
related to the student's enrollment or transfer. 

• The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of 
Education concerning alleged failures by the University to 
comply with the requirements of FERPA. Written complaints 
may be directed to the Family Policy Compliance Office, 
U.S. Department of Education, 400 JVIaryland Avenue, SW, 
Washington, D.C., 20202-4605. 

Confidentiality of Student Records 

Certain personally identifiable information from a student's edu- 
cation record, designated by Boston College as directory information, 
may be released without the student's prior consent. This information 

includes name; term, home, local, and electronic mail addresses; tele- 
phone listing; date and place of birth; photograph; major field of study; 
enrollment status; grade level; participation in officially recognized 
activities and sports; weight and height of members of athletic teams; 
dates of attendance; school/college of enrollment; anticipated date of 
graduation; degrees and awards received; the most recent previous edu- 
cational agency or institution attended; and other similar information. 
Electronic access to selected directory information is available 
to both the Boston College community and the general public. A 
student who so wishes has the right to prevent the release of all direc- 
tory information including verification of enrollment, or to suppress 
selected directory information in their Agora Portal account under 
"Privacy Preferences." This must be done by the end of the first week 
of enrollment. 

Disclosures to Parents of Students 

When a student reaches the age of 18, or attends a postsecond- 
ary institution regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer to the student. 
Guidelines for the disclosure of information to parents are as follows: 

• Parents may obtain directory information at the discretion of the 

• Parents may obtain nondirectory information (e.g., grades, GPA) 
at the discretion of the institution and after it is determined that 
the student is legally dependent on either parent. 

• Parents may also obtain nondirectory information if they have a 
signed consent from the student. 

Consumer Notices and Disclosures 

The university provides access to all the annual consumer notices 
and disclosures required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act 
("HEOA"), which reauthorized the Higher Education Act of 1965, at 
the following url: 
Each linked disclosure web page explains how to request a paper copy 
of that disclosure. 

• Institutional and Student Information, including information 
regarding the University's academic programs, facilities, faculty, 
academic improvement plans, accreditation, student rights with 
respect to the privacy of student records, transfer of credit poli- 
cies, resources for students with disabilities, the diversity of the 
student body, voter registration, copyright and file-sharing, and 
how to reach the Office of Student Services, which maintains a 
wealth of resources and information for students and prospective 

• Financial Information, including the cost of attendance, with- 
drawal and refund policies, information regarding financial aid 
programs (including information about eligibility requirements 
and criteria, forms, policies, procedures, standards for maintain- 
ing aid, disbursements and repayment), student employment 
information and exit counseling information, and how to reach 
Office of Financial Aid; 

• Student Outcomes, including information regarding reten- 
tion rates, graduation rates, and placement and education of 

• Vaccination Policy, including the University's policies with 
respect to immunizations required under Massachusetts law; 

• Annual Campus Security and Fire Safety Report, including 
statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes 


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that occurred on campus and on public property immediately 
adjacent to and accessible from the campus and fires that 
occurred in on-campus housing facilities, and descriptions of the 
campus safety programs and policies, including information 
regarding safety notification and emergency response procedures, 
missing student notification procedures, campus law enforce- 
ment, sexual assault programs, and fire safety programs; 

• Drug-Free Campus and Workplace Program, including Boston 
College's standards of conduct and legal sanctions with respect 
to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of illegal drugs 
and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, including sanctions 
with respect to the unlawful possession, use and distribution of 
illegal drugs and alcohol by students, faculty, and staff, some of 
the health risks and consequences of substance abuse, Boston 
College's continuing obligation to provide a drug-free workplace 
under the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, and the obligation 
of all individual federal contract and grant recipients to certify 
that grant activity will be drug-free; and 

• Athletic Program Information, describing how to request a 
report about the University's athletic programs that includes 
participation rates, financial support, and other information on 
men's and women's intercollegiate athletic programs from the 
Office of the Financial Vice President and Treasurer. 

Financial Aid 

Boston College offers a variety of assistance programs to help stu- 
dents finance their education. The Office of Student Services admin- 
isters federal Title IV financial aid programs that include Federal Pell 
Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Teach 
Grants, Federal Direct Loans (Stafford and PLUS), Federal Perkins 
Loans, and Federal Work-Study, as well as Nursing Loans. 

Financial aid application materials generally become available 
on the Student Services website ( each January for 
the following academic year. Students wishing to be considered for 
assistance from federal, state, or institutional sources must complete 
all required forms. 

For more complete information on financial aid at Boston 
College, visit the Student Services website at 
Graduate and professional students should consult their school or 
department for specific policies regarding financial aid. 

General Information 

It is the student's responsibility to know and comply with all 
requirements and regulations of the financial aid programs in which 
they participate. Financial aid awards may be reduced or cancelled 
if the requirements of the award are not met. Students receiving any 
Federal Loans are expected to accept responsibility for the promissory 
note and all other agreements that they sign. Students must comply 
with all Federal Work-Study dates and deadlines. 

All financial aid awards are made under the assumption that the 
student status (full-time, three-quarter-time, or half-time) has not 
changed. Any change in the student's status must be reported, in writ- 
ing, to the Office of Student Services as it can affect the financial aid 

A student's enrollment in a study abroad program approved for 
credit by the home institution may be considered enrollment at the 
home institution for the purpose of applying for assistance under the 
Title IV, HEOA programs. 

Students receiving Federal Title IV funds are subject to the fol- 
lowing withdrawal/refund process for those funds: The University 
is required to return to the federal aid programs the amount of aid 
received that was in excess of the aid "earned" for the time period the 
student remained enrolled. Students who remain enrolled through at 
least 60% of the payment period (semester) are considered to have 
earned 100% of the aid received. If the University is required to return 
funds to Title IV aid programs, those funds must be returned in the 
following order: Federal Unsubsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal 
Subsidized Direct Loans (Stafford), Federal Perkins Loans, Federal 
Direct PLUS, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational 
Opportunity Grants, and Federal TEACH Grants. Returning funds to 
these programs could result in a balance coming due to the University 
on the student's account. 

In addition, federal regulations require that schools monitor the 
academic progress of each applicant for federal financial assistance and 
that the school certify that the applicant is making satisfactory aca- 
demic progress toward earning his/her degree. 

Financial aid recipients have the right to appeal their financial aid 
award. However, the student should understand that Boston College 
has already awarded the best financial aid package possible based on 
the information supplied. Therefore, any appeal made should be based 
on new, additional information not already included in the student's 
original application material. An appeal should be made by letter to the 
student's Financial Aid Associate. 

When applying for financial aid, the student has the right to ask 
the following: 

• what the cost of attending is, and what the policies are on 
refunds to students who drop out. 

• what financial assistance is available, including information on 
all federal, state, local, private, and institutional financial aid 

• what the procedures and deadlines are for submitting applica- 
tions for each available financial aid program. 

• what criteria the institution uses to select financial aid recipients. 

• how the institution determines financial need. This process 
includes how costs for tuition and fees, room and board, travel, 
books and supplies, personal and miscellaneous expenses, etc., 
are considered in the student's budget. It also includes what 
resources (such as parental contribution, other financial aid, stu- 
dent assets, etc.) are considered in the calculation of need. 

• how much of the student's financial need, as determined by the 
institution, has been met. Students also have the right to request 
an explanation of each type of aid, and the amount of each, in 
their financial aid award package. 

• students receiving loans have the right to know what the inter- 
est rate is, the total amount that must be repaid, the length of 
time given to repay the loan, when repayment must start, and 
any cancellation and deferment provisions that apply. Students 
offered a Work-Study job have the right to know what kind of 
job it is, what hours are expected, what the duties will be, what 
the rate of pay will be, and how and when they will be paid. 

A student also has the responsibility to: 

• pay special attention to his or her application for student 
financial aid, complete it accurately, and submit it on time to 
the right place. Errors can delay the receipt of the financial 
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• provide all additional information requested by either the Office 
of Student Services or the agency to which the application was 

• read and understand all forms he or she is asked to sign, and 
keep copies of them. 

• perform in a satisfactory manner, as determined by the employ- 
er, the work that is agreed upon in accepting a Federal Work- 
Study job. 

• know and comply with the deadlines for applications or reappli- 
cations for financial aid. 

• know and comply with the College's refund procedures. 

• notify the Office of Student Services and the lender of a loan 
(e.g.. Federal Direct Loan (Stafford)) of any change in name, 
address, or school status. 

• complete the Entrance Interview process if he or she is a new 
loan borrower. 

• complete the Exit Interview process prior to withdrawal or 

Notice of Non-Discrimination 

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is 
dedicated to intellectual excellence and to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. 
Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse com- 
munity of students, faculty and staff makes to the advancement of its 
goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for 
the University's mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College 
commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people 
and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable 
to discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, sex, 
religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, sexual orientation, 
military status, or other legally protected status. 

Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of harassment, 
wrongful discrimination and disrespect. It has developed procedures to 
respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance. 
Moreover, it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful 
rights where appropriate to take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, 
Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to comply 
with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employ- 
ment and in its educational programs on the basis of a person's race, 
color, national origin, sex, religion, disability, age, marital or parental 
status, genetic information or family medical history, or military status, 
and to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of 
a person's sexual orientation. 

To this end, Boston College has designated its Executive Director 
for Institutional Diversity to coordinate its efforts to comply with and 
carry out its responsibilities to prevent discrimination in accordance 
with state and federal laws, including Title VI, Title IX, Section 504 
and the ADA. Any applicant for admission or employment, and all 
students, faculty members and employees, are welcome to raise 
any questions regarding this notice with the Executive Director for 
Institutional Diversity: 

Boston College Office for Institutional Diversity (OID) 

140 Commonwealth Avenue 

Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 

Phone: 617-552-2323 


The Executive Director for Institutional Diversity oversees 
the efforts of the following additional Title IX coordinators: (i) 

Student Affairs Title IX Coordinator (for student sexual harassment 
complaints), 260 Maloney Hall, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable 
at 617-552-3482 or (; (ii) University Harassment 
Counselor, reachable via OID (see above contact information); and (iii) 
Athletics Title IX Coordinator, the Senior Women's Administrator, 
310 Conte Forum, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, reachable at 617-552- 
4801 or ( 

In addition, any person who believes that an act of unlawful 
discrimination has occurred at Boston College may raise this issue 
with the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the United States 
Department of Education. 

Off-Campus Housing 

The University operates an Off-Campus Housing office located 
in Maloney Hall for the convenience of those seeking referrals for 
off-campus housing. The office maintains updated listings of apart- 
ments and rooms available for rent in areas surrounding the campus. 
Interested students should visit the office Monday through Friday, 9:00 
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Listings are available on the Residential Life website. 

Tuition and Fees 

Tuition and fees for the Graduate Schools of Management, Arts 
and Sciences, Education, Nursing, Social Work, and School of Theology 
and Ministry are billed on or about July 1 5 and August 1 5 for the fall 
and December 1 5 for the spring. Payment is due by September 1 5 and 
January 1 1 , respectively. All students should be registered by August 1 5 
for the fall and December 1 5 for the spring. 

The tuition in the Law School is due semi-annually by August 10 
and by December 10. 

There is a $150 late payment fee for payments received after the 
due dates listed above. In severe cases, students whose accounts are not 
resolved by the due dates may be withdrawn from the University. 

Tuition in the Woods College of Advancing Studies is due upon 
registration. All billing statements are sent electronically. Visit www. for more information. 

Graduate Tuition 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences** 

Tuition per credit hour: 1,292 

Auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 646 

Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs** 

Tuition per credit hour: 1,166 

Auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 583 

Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs** 

Tuition per credit hour: 1,372 

Auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 686 

Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs** 

Tuition per credit hour: 1,120 

Auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 560 

Graduate School of Social Work** 

Tuition per credit hour: 992 

Auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 496 

Law School** 

Tuition per semester: 21,585 

Tuition per credit hour (AY): 1,881 

Tuition per credit hour (Summer): 1,660 

School of Theology and Ministry** 

Tuition per credit hour: 882 

Auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 441 

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Summer tuition per credit liour: 694 

Summer auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 347 

Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies 

Tuition per credit liour: 686 

Summer Session** 

Tuition per credit hour: 686 

Auditor's fee*** — per credit hour: 343 

**Students cross-registering in graduate programs pay tuition rates 

of the school in which they are enrolled. 

***Audits are considered fees and are not refundable. Students 

changing from credit to audit receive no refund. 

Graduate General Fees* 
Acceptance Deposit 

Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs: 275 

Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs: 400 

Carroll School of Management, 

Graduate Programs — part-time: 200 

Carroll School of Management, 

Graduate Programs — full-time: 1,500 

Law School— J.D. Program***: 500 

Law School — LL.M. Program: 500 

Graduate School of Social Work 200 

***lnitial deposit due by April 15 with an additional $500 due 

by June 1. 

Activity Fee — Per Semester*** 

(GSAS; LSOE, Graduate Programs; CSON, Graduate Programs; 


7 credits or more per semester: 45 

Fewer than 7 credits per semester: 30 

Activity Fee — Per Semester*** 

(CSOM, Graduate Programs) 

7 credits or more per semester: 55 

Fewer than 7 credits per semester: 30 

Activity Fee (Law School) 136 

Application Fee (Non-Refundable) 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: 70 

Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs: 65 

Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs: 100 

Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs: 50 

Graduate School of Social Work: 40 

Law School: 75 

School of Theology and Ministry: 70 

Doctoral Comprehensive/Continuation Fee (Ph.D. Candidate) and 

Master's Thesis Direction (Per Semester) 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences: 1,242 

Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs: 1,122 

Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs: 1,320 

Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs: 1,092 

Graduate School of Social Work: 972 

Interim Study: 30 

Laboratory Fee (Per Semester): up to 930 

Late Payment Fee: 150 

Massachusetts Medical Insurance (Per Year): 2,108 

(966 fall semester; 1,142 spring semester) 

Microfilm and Binding 

Doctoral Dissertation: 125 

Master's Thesis: 90 

Copyright Fee (Optional): 45 

Student Identification Card: 30 

(mandatory for all new students) 

*A11 fees are proposed and subject to change. 

***Students who are in off-campus satellite programs in the 
School of Social Work are exempt from the activity fee. 

Collection Cost and Fees: The student is responsible for any col- 
lection costs should his or her account be turned over to a collection 
agency as well as any court costs or fees should the account be turned 
over to an attorney. 

The Trustees of Boston College reserve the right to change the 
tuition rates and to make additional charges within the University 
whenever such action is deemed necessary. 

Massachusetts Medical Insurance 

In accordance with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts' law 
and the policies of Boston College, all students who are registered in 
a degree program and all international students will automatically be 
charged by Boston College for medical insurance. 

Non-degree students who are registered at least 75 percent of the 
full-time credit load (see chart below) will also be charged unless waiver 
information is submitted. Failure to maintain these credit levels will 
result in the termination of the medical insurance. It is the student's 
responsibility to monitor their eligibility status. 

• Graduate Woods College of Advancing Studies — 7 or more 

• Graduate Arts and Sciences — 7 or more 

• Graduate Education — 7 or more 

• Graduate Management — 7 or more 

• Graduate Nursing — 7 or more 

• Graduate Social Work — 7 or more 

• Law School — 12 or more 

• School of Theology and Ministry — 7 or more 

Boston College will offer all students who are required to enroll in 
the BC insurance plan the option of participating in the plan offered 
at the University or submitting a waiver if they have other comparable 
insurance. The details of the University's insurance plan are available 

Students may waive the BC insurance plan by completing the 
electronic waiver form through their Agora Portal at 
Students under the age of 18 are required to submit a written waiver 
form with the signature of their parent/guardian. This form is available 
for download at The waiver must be completed 
and submitted by September 14, 2012, for the fall semester and by 
January 25, 2013, for spring semester. Students who do not complete 
a waiver by the due dates will be enrolled and billed for the BC plan. 

Returned Checks 

Returned checks will be fined in the following manner: 

• First three checks returned: $25 per check 

• All additional checks: $40 per check 

• Any check in excess of $2,000: $65 per check 

Withdrawals and Refunds 

Fees are not refundable. 

Tuition is cancelled subject to the following conditions: 

• Notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to the dean of the 
student's school. 

• The date of receipt of written notice of withdrawal by the 
Dean's Office determines the amount of tuition cancelled. 

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The cancellation schedule that follows will apply to students with- 
drawing voluntarily, as well as to students who are dismissed from the 
University for academic or disciplinary reasons. 

Graduate Refund Schedule (Excluding Law) 

Graduate students (except Law students) withdrawing by the fol- 
lowing dates will receive the tuition refund indicated below. 
First Semester 

• by Sept. 12, 2012: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Sept. 14, 2012: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Sept. 21, 2012: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Sept. 28, 2012: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Oct. 5, 2012: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled 
Second Semester 

• by Jan. 23, 2013: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Jan. 25, 2013: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Feb. 1, 2013: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Feb. 8, 2013: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Feb. 15, 2013: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled 
No cancellations are made after the fifth week of classes. 

Law Refund Schedule 

Law students are subject to the refund schedule outlined below. 
First Semester 

• by Aug. 24, 2012: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Sept. 7, 2012: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Sept. 14, 2012: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Sept. 21, 2012: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Sept. 28, 2012: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled 
Second Semester 

• by Jan. 4, 2013: 100% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Jan. 18, 2013: 80% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Jan. 25, 2013: 60% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Feb. 1, 2013: 40% of tuition charged is cancelled 

• by Feb. 8, 2013: 20% of tuition charged is cancelled 

Summer Sessions Refund Schedule: All Schools 

By the second day of class, 100% of tuition charged is cancelled. 
No cancellation of tuition is made after the second day of class. 

Federal Regulations Governing Refunds 

If a student does not wish to leave any resulting credit balance on 
his or her account for subsequent use, he or she should request a refund 
through his/her Agora Portal account at If a student has 
a credit balance as a result of Federal Aid and he or she does not request 
a refund, the University will, within two weeks, send the credit balance 
to his/her local address. 

Federal regulations establish procedural guidelines applicable to 
the treatment of refunds whenever the student has been the recipient 
of financial assistance through any program authorized under Title IV 
of the Higher Education Act of 1965. These guidelines pertain to the 
Federal Perkins Loan, the Federal Pell Grant, the Federal Supplemental 
Educational Opportunity Grant, the Federal College Work-Study, 
and the Federal Stafford and PLUS Loan. In such cases, the regula- 
tions require that a portion of any refund be returned according to 
federal guidelines. Further, if a student withdraws, the institution must 
determine if any cash disbursement of Title IV funds, made directly to 
the student by the institution for non-instructional purposes, is an 

overpayment that must be repaid to the Title IV program. University 
policy developed to comply with the regulations at Boston College will 
be available upon request from the Office of Student Services. 

National Student Clearinghouse 

Boston College is a member of the National Student Clearinghouse. 
The National Student Clearinghouse is responsible for the processing 
of Student Loan Deferment forms for Direct Subsidized and Direct 
Unsubsidized, PLUS, and Perkins loans. 

Student deferment forms will be sent to the Clearinghouse by the 
Office of Student Services. Students wishing to defer their loans should 
request a deferment form from their lender, fill out the student portion, 
list the semester for which they are deferring, and then turn it into the 
Office of Student Services in Lyons Hall. 

Boston College has also authorized the National Student 
Clearinghouse to provide degree and enrollment verifications. 

Contact the Clearinghouse at 703-742-4200 with questions. 
They are on the web at 

Boston College Graduate Degree Programs 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Biology: M.S.T., Ph.D. 

Chemistry:* M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D. 

Classics: M.A. 

Economics: M.A, Ph.D. 

English: M.A., M.A.T., Ph.D. 

French: M.A., M.A.T. 

Geology: M.S., M.S.T. 

Geophysics: M.S., M.S.T. 

Greek: M.A. 

Hispanic Studies: M.A. 

History: M.A., M.A.T., Ph.D. 

Irish Literature and Culture: English, M.A. 

ItaUan: M.A., M.A.T. 

Latin: M.A. 

Latin and Classical Humanities: M.A.T. 

Linguistics: M.A., M.A.T. 

Mathematics: M.A., M.S.T., Ph.D. 

Philosophy: M.A., Ph.D. 

Physics:* M.S., M.S.T., Ph.D. 

Political Science: M.A., Ph.D. 

Psychology: M.A, Ph.D. 

Russian: M.A., M.A.T. 

Slavic Studies: M.A., M.A.T. 

Sociology: M.A., Ph.D. 

Spanish: M.A.T. 

Theology: Ph.D. 

*Ph.D. programs in accordance with departmental policy may 

grant Master's degrees. 

Fifth Year Programs — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Linguistics: B.A./M.A. 
Philosophy: B.A./M.A. 
Psychology: B.A./M.A. 
Psychology/Social Work: B.A./M.S.W. 
(B.A. Psychology majors only) 
Russian: B.A./M.A. 
Slavic Studies: B.A./M.A. 


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Sociology: B.A./M.A. 
Sociology/Social Work: B.A./M.S.W. 
Theology: B.A./M.A. 
Theology/Pastoral Ministry: B.A./M.A. 
Theology/Religious Education: B.A./M.Ed. 

Dual Degree Programs — Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Biology/Management: M.S./M.B.A. 
French/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 
Geology/Management: M.S./M.B.A. 
Geophysics/Management: M.S./M.B.A. 
Hispanic Studies/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 
Italian/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 
Linguistics/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 
Mathematics/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 
Philosophy: M.A./J.D., Ph.D./J.D. 
Political Science/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 
Russian/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 
Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures: M.A./J.D. 
Slavic Studies/Management: M. B.A./M.A. 
Sociology/Management: M.A./M.B.A., Ph.D./M.B.A. 

School of Theology and Ministry 

Theology and Ministry: M.Div., M.A., M.T.S., Th.M. 
Sacred Theology: S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D. 
Religious Education: M.Ed., C.A.E.S. 
Theology and Education: Ph.D. 

Fifth Year Programs — School of Theology and Ministry 

Theology: B.A/M.T.S. 

Theology and Ministry: B.A./M.A. 

Dual Degree Programs — School of Theology and Ministry 

Pastoral Ministry/Counseling Psychology: M.A./M.A. 
Pastoral Ministry/Nursing: M.A./M.S. 
Pastoral Ministry/Social Work: M.A./M.S.W. 
Pastoral Ministry/Business Administration: M.A./M.B.A. 

Joint Degree Programs — School of Theology and Ministry 

Catholic Educational Leadership: 

M.Ed, in Religious Education, Catholic School Leadership 

concentration (with LSOE) 

M.A in Higher Education, Catholic University Leadership 

concentration (with LSOE) 

M.Ed. Educational Administration and Catholic School 

Leadership (with LSOE) 

Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs 

Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: M.A., 


Educational Leadership: M.Ed., C.A.E.S., Ed.D. 

Counseling Psychology: M.A., Ph.D. 

Curriculum and Instruction: M.Ed., C.A.E.S., Ph.D. 

Early Childhood Education: M.Ed. 

Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation: M.Ed., 


Elementary Education: M.Ed. 

Higher Education: M.A., Ph.D. 

Professional Licensure in English, History, Earth Science 

Biology, Mathematics, Elementary Education, and Reading: 

M.A.T., M.S.T. 

Reading/Literacy Teaching: M.Ed., C.A.E.S. 

Secondary Education: M.Ed., M.A.T., M.S.T. 

Special Education (Moderate Special Needs, Grades Pre-K-9 and 

Grades 5-12): M.Ed., C.A.E.S. 

Special Education (Students with Severe Special Needs): M.Ed., 


Fifth Year Programs — Lynch School of Education, 
Graduate Programs 

Applied Developmental and Educational Psychology: B.A./M.A. 

Curriculum and Instruction: B.A./M.Ed. 

Early Childhood Education: B.A./M.Ed. 

Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation: B.A./M.Ed. 

Elementary Education: B.A./M.Ed. 

Higher Education: B.A./M.Ed. 

Moderate Special Needs: B.A./M.Ed. 

Secondary Education: B.A./M.Ed. 

Severe Special Needs: B.A./M.Ed. 

Dual Degree Programs — Lynch School of Education, 
Graduate Programs 

Counseling/Pastoral Ministry: M.A./M.A. 
Curriculum and Instruction/Law: M.Ed./J.D. 
Higher Education/Law: M.A./J.D. 
Higher Education/Management: M.A./M.B.A. 

Early Admit Programs — Lynch School of Education, 
Graduate Programs 

Mental Health Counseling: B.A./M.A. 
School Counseling: B.A./M.A. 

Law School 

Law: J.D. 
Law: LL.M. 

Dual Degree Programs — Law School 

Law/Education: J.D./M.Ed., J.D./M.A 
Law/Management: J.D./M.B.A. 
Law/Philosophy: J.D./M.A, J.D./Ph.D. 
Law/Social Work: J.D./M.S.W. 

Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs 

Accounting: M.S. 

Business Administration: M.B.A. 

Finance: M.S., Ph.D. 

Management and Organization: Ph.D. 

Dual Degree Programs — Carroll School of Management, 
Graduate Programs 

Accounting: M.B.A./M.S. 
Finance: M.B.A./M.S. 
Management/French: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Geology and Geophysics: M.B.A./M.S. 

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Management/Higher Education: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Hispanic Studies: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Italian: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Law: M.B.A./J.D. 
Management/Linguistics: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Mathematics : M . B .A. /M .A. 
Management/Nursing: M.B.A./M.S. 
Management/Pastoral Ministry: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Political Science: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Russian: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Slavic Studies: M.B.A./M.A. 
Management/Social Work: M.B.A./M.S.W. 
Management/Sociology: M. B. A./M .A. /Ph. D . 
Management/Urban & Environmental Policy and Planning: 
M.B.A/M.A.U.E.P.P. (in conjunction with Tufts University) 

Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs 

Nursing: B.S./M.S., M.S., Ph.D. 

Dual Degree Programs — Connell School of Nursing, 
Graduate Programs 

Nursing/Management: M.S./M.B.A. 
Nursing/Pastoral Ministry: M.S./M.A. 

Graduate School of Social Work 

Social Work: M.S.W., Ph.D., M.S.W./Ph.D. 

Fifth Year Programs — Graduate School of Social Work 

Social Work/ Applied Psychology and Human Development: 


Social Work/Psychology: B.A./M.S.W. 

Social Work/Sociology: B.A./M.S.W. 

Dual Degree Programs — Graduate School of Social Work 

Social Work/Law: M.S.W./J.D. 

Social Work/Management: M.S.W./M.B.A. 

Social Work/Pastoral Ministry: M.S.W./M.A. 

Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies 

Administrative Studies: M.S. 

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Policies and Procedures 

Academic Integrity 

Policy and Procedures 

The pursuit of knowledge can proceed only when scholars take 
responsibility and receive credit for their work. Recognition of indi- 
vidual contributions to knowledge and of the intellectual property of 
others builds trust within the University and encourages the sharing of 
ideas that is essential to scholarship. Similarly, the educational process 
requires that individuals present their own ideas and insights for evalua- 
tion, critique, and eventual reformulation. Presentation of others' work 
as one's own is not only intellectual dishonesty, but it also undermines 
the educational process. 


Academic integrity is violated by any dishonest act which is com- 
mitted in an academic context including, but not restricted to the 

Cheating is the fraudulent or dishonest presentation of work. 
Cheating includes but is not limited to: 

• the use or attempted use of unauthorized aids in examinations or 
other academic exercises submitted for evaluation; 

• fabrication, falsification, or misrepresentation of data, results, 
sources for papers or reports, or in clinical practice, as in report- 
ing experiments, measurements, statistical analyses, tests, or 
other studies never performed; manipulating or altering data or 
other manifestations of research to achieve a desired result; selec- 
tive reporting, including the deliberate suppression of conflicting 
or unwanted data; 

• falsification of papers, official records, or reports; 

• copying from another student's work; 

• actions that destroy or alter the work of another student; 

• unauthorized cooperation in completing assignments or during 
an examination; 

• the use of purchased essays or term papers, or of purchased pre- 
paratory research for such papers; 

• submission of the same written work in more than one course 
without prior written approval from the instructors involved; 

• dishonesty in requests for make-up exams, for extensions of 
deadlines for submitting papers, and in any other matter relating 
to a course. 

Plagiarism is the act of taking the words, ideas, data, illustrations, 
or statements of another person or source, and presenting them as one's 
own. Each student is responsible for learning and using proper methods 
of paraphrasing and footnoting, quotation, and other forms of citation, 
to ensure that the original author, speaker, illustrator, or source of the 
material used is clearly acknowledged. 

Other breaches of academic integrity include: 

• the misrepresentation of one's own or another's identity for 
academic purposes; 

• the misrepresentation of material facts or circumstances in 
relation to examinations, papers, or other evaluative activities; 

• the sale of papers, essays, or research for fraudulent use; 

• the alteration or falsification of official University records; 

• the unauthorized use of University academic facilities or 
equipment, including computer accounts and files; 

• the unauthorized recording, sale, purchase, or use of academic 
lectures, academic computer software, or other instructional 

• the expropriation or abuse of ideas and preliminary data 
obtained during the process of editorial or peer review of work 
submitted to journals, or in proposals for funding by agency 
panels or by internal University committees; 

• the expropriation and/or inappropriate dissemination of person- 
ally-identifying human subject data; 

• the unauthorized removal, mutilation, or deliberate concealment 
of materials in University libraries, media, or academic resource 

Collusion is defined as assistance or an attempt to assist another 
student in an act of academic dishonesty. Collusion is distinct from 
collaborative learning, which may be a valuable component of students' 
scholarly development. Acceptable levels of collaboration vary in differ- 
ent courses, and students are expected to consult with their instructor 
if they are uncertain whether their cooperative activities are acceptable. 

Promoting Academic Integrity: Roles of Community 

Student Roles in Maintaining Academic Integrity 

Graduate students have a responsibility to maintain high standards 
of academic integrity in their own work, and thereby to maintain the 
integrity of their degree. It is their responsibility to be familiar with, and 
understand, the University policy on academic integrity. 

Students who become aware of a violation of academic integrity 
by a fellow student should respond in one of the following ways: 

• Students may discuss their concerns with the student whom they 
suspect of a violation. Direct contact by another student may be 
the best means of resolving the problem. Repeated demonstra- 
tion of student concern for academic integrity will in the long 
run build a peer-regulated community. 

• If the incident is a major violation or part of a repeated 
pattern of violations, students should bring their concerns to 
the attention of the instructor or to the appropriate department 
chairperson or associate dean. Suspected violations by students 
reported to members of the faculty or to an associate dean will 
be handled according to the procedures set forth below. 
Students who have serious concern that a faculty member is not 

living up to his or her responsibility to safeguard and promote academic 
integrity should speak with the faculty member directly, or should 
bring their concern to the attention of the department chairperson or 
associate dean. 

Faculty Roles in Fostering Academic Integrity 

Faculty members should provide students with a positive envi- 
ronment for learning and intellectual growth and, by their words and 
actions, promote conditions that foster academic integrity. 

Faculty should be concerned about the impact of their behavior on 
students. Students are sensitive to messages communicated in informal 
discussions and in casual faculty remarks about personal decisions and 
value judgments. Students are perhaps most sensitive to how responsibly 
faculty members fulfill their obligations to them in the careful prepara- 
tion of classes, in the serious evaluation of student achievement, and in 
their genuine interest in and availability to students. 

Faculty should promote academic integrity in the following specific 

• At the beginning of each course, instructors should discuss aca- 
demic integrity in order to promote an ongoing dialogue about 

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academic integrity and to set the tone and establish guidelines 
for academic integrity within the context of the course, e.g., the 
extent to which collaborative work is appropriate. 

• Instructors should discuss why, when, and how students must 
cite sources in their written work. 

• Instructors should provide students with a written syllabus or 
other documents prepared for the academic experience that 
states course requirements and, when available, examination 
dates and times. 

• Instructors are encouraged to prepare new examinations and 
assignments where appropriate each semester in order to ensure 
that no student obtains an unfair advantage over his or her class- 
mates by reviewing exams or assignments from prior semesters. 
If previous examinations are available to some students, faculty 
members should insure that all students in the course have simi- 
lar access. Course examinations should be designed to minimize 
the possibility of cheating, and course paper assignments should 
be designed to minimize the possibility of plagiarism. 

• Proctors should be present at all examinations, including the 
final examination, and should provide students with an environ- 
ment that encourages honesty and prevents dishonesty. 

• Faculty should be careful to respect students' intellectual prop- 
erty and the confidentiality of student academic information. 

• Assignment of grades, which is the sole responsibility of the 
instructor, should be awarded in a manner fair to all students. 

Academic Deans 

The academic deans have overall responsibility for academic 
integrity within their schools which includes the following: 

• promoting an environment where academic integrity is a priority 
for both students and faculty, 

• ensuring that students who are honest are not placed at an unfair 
disadvantage, and 

• establishing procedures to adjudicate charges of academic 
dishonesty and to protect the rights of all parties. 


Graduate students should refer to their school for procedures 
for adjudicating alleged violations of academic integrity. Penalties for 
students found responsible for violations may depend upon the serious- 
ness and circumstances of the violation, the degree of premeditation 
involved, and/or the student's previous record of violations. Appeal of 
decision may be made to the representative of the school whose deci- 
sion will be final. 

Academic Regulations 

University-wide academic regulations that pertain to all graduate 
students are presented below. Students are expected to become familiar 
with the regulations that are specific to their school. 

To learn about each school's academic regulations, please refer to 
the following sites: 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Lynch School of Education, Graduate Programs 

Master's Students: 


Doctoral Students: 


Carroll School of Management, Graduate Programs 

graduate/20 1 2- 1 3GSOMhandbook.pdf 

Connell School of Nursing, Graduate Programs 


Graduate School of Social Work 

Law School 

academic_policies_procedures20 1 2- 1 3 .pdf 

School of Theology and Ministry 


Woods College of Advancing Studies 

Academic Regulations are effective from September of the current 
academic year (2012—2013) except where a different date is explicitly 
stated. If there have been changes in the Academic Regulations since 
a readmitted student was last enrolled, the Academic Regulations in 
effect at the time of the student's readmission will apply unless the dean 
or designee decide differently. 

Academic Grievances 

Any graduate student who believes he or she has been treated 
unfairly in academic matters should consult with the faculty member 
or administrator designated by their school to discuss the situation and 
to obtain information about relevant grievance policies and procedures. 

Academic Record 

A record of each graduate student's academic work is prepared 
and maintained permanently by the Office of Student Services. 
Student academic records are sealed at the time the degree is conferred. 
After this date changes may not be made, with the exception of errors 
or omissions. 


Graduate students are expected to meet course requirements in 
classes as specified in the syllabus or document prepared explicitly 
for the academic experience. A student who is absent repeatedly from 
these academic experiences will be evaluated by the responsible faculty 
member to ascertain the student's ability to continue in the course and 
to achieve course objectives. 

Professors may include, as part of the semester's grades, marks for 
the quality and quantity of the student's participation in the course. 

Professors will announce, reasonably well in advance, tests, exami- 
nations and other forms of assessment based on the material covered in 
the course, as well as other assigned material. A student who is absent 
from a course is responsible for obtaining knowledge of what happened 
in the course, especially information about announced tests, papers, or 
other assignments. 

A student who is absent from a course on the day of a previously 
announced examination, including the final examination, is not enti- 
tled, as a matter of right, to make up what was missed. The professor 
involved is free to decide whether a makeup will be allowed. 

In cases of prolonged absence the student or his or her representa- 
tive should communicate with the student's graduate associate dean 
or representative as soon as the prospect of extended absence becomes 


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clear. Academic arrangements for the student's return to the course 
should be made as soon as the student's health and other circumstances 

Absences for Religious Reasons 

Any graduate student who is unable, because of his or her religious 
beliefs, to attend, or to participate in any examination, study, or work 
requirement on a particular day shall be excused from any such exami- 
nation, or study or work requirement, and shall be provided with an 
opportunity to makeup such examination, study or work requirement 
that may have been missed because of such absence on any particular 
day. However, students should notify professors at the end of the first 
course meeting or at least two weeks in advance of any such planned 
observances, and such makeup examination or work shall not create an 
unreasonable burden upon the University. No fees will be charged and 
no adverse or prejudicial effects shall result to any student who is absent 
for religious reasons. 


Graduate students may not audit courses in the Woods College 
of Advancing Studies. 

Cross Registration 

Graduate students are not permitted to cross-register. All course- 
work must be completed through the Woods College of Advancing 

Enrollment Status 

Graduate Student Full-Time Enrollment Status 

Graduate full-time enrollment is as follows: 
Woods College of Advancing Studies — 9 or more credits 
All students are considered half-time with six credits. 
Students completing degree requirements in their final semester 
may be given exceptions to the school's minimum credit standard for 
full-time status by their academic dean. 

The credits amounts listed above are used to determine a student's 
enrollment status for loan deferments, immunizations, medical insur- 
ance requirements, and verifications requested by other organizations. 

Final Examinations 

For graduate level courses that have final examinations, professors 
usually set the day and time of their final examination on the last day 
of class and note in the syllabus or document prepared explicitly for the 
academic experience. All students are responsible for knowing when 
their final examinations will take place and for taking examinations 
at the scheduled time. Students who miss a final examination are not 
entitled, as a matter of right, to a makeup examination except for seri- 
ous illness and/or family emergency. Students who are not able to take 
a final examination during its scheduled time should contact the prior 
to the examination date, to inform them of their situation and to make 
alternative arrangements if granted permission to do so. 


In each graduate course, in which a graduate student is registered 
for graduate credit, the student will receive one of the following grades 
at the end of the semester: A, A-, B+, B, B-, F, W, or I. The high pass- 
ing grade of A is awarded for superior work. The passing grade of B is 
awarded for work that clearly is satisfactory at the graduate level. The 
failing grade of F is awarded for work that is unsatisfactory. A grade 
lower than B is not counted towards a graduate degree. 

Grading Scale 

In computing averages, the following numerical equivalents are 
used. The entire grading scale is not used by all schools. 
A 4.00 
A- 3.67 
B+ 3.33 
B- 2.67'' 
C+ 2.33"* 
C 2.00* 
C- 1.67* 
D+ 1.33* 
D 1.00* 
D- .67 * 
F .00* 
*Not towards degree 

Grade Changes 

Grade changes should be made only for exceptional reasons. 
Grades submitted by faculty at the end of each semester are considered 
final unless the faculty member has granted the student an Incomplete. 
Incompletes may be granted to provide a student time to finish his or 
her course work after the date set for the course examination or in the 
course syllabus. Incompletes should only be granted for serious reasons, 
e.g., illness, and only when the student has been able to complete most 
of the course work but is missing a specific assignment, e.g., a final 
paper, an examination, etc. Incompletes are not to be granted to allow 
the student to complete a major portion of the course work after the 
end of the semester. 

All I grades will automatically be changed to F on March 1 for the 
fall, August 1 for the spring, and October 1 for the summer except for 
students in the Graduate School of Social Work and the Law School. 

Pass/Fail Electives 

Pass/Fail is not permitted in the Woods College of Advancing 

Good Standing 

Grades, and timely completion of degree requirements determine 
a student's good standing in his or her program. Students should be 
informed in a timely manner if their good standing is in jeopardy and the 
conditions needed to maintain or establish good standing. 


The University awards degrees in May, August, and December of 
each year. Commencement ceremonies are held only in May. Students 
who have completed all requirements for the degree before a specific 
graduation date are eligible to receive the degree as of the university's 
next official graduation date. A diploma will not be dated before all 
work is completed. Students who graduate in December or August 
may participate in commencement exercises the following May. 

In order to ensure timely clearance, all students who plan to 
graduate should confirm their diploma names online through their 
Agora Portal at by the following dates: 

• Last day of drop/add in January for May graduation 

• May 1 for August graduation 

• Last day of drop/add in September for December graduation 

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Leave of Absence 

Voluntary Leave of Absence 

Graduate students who do not register for course work, in 
any given semester can request a leave of absence for that semester. 
Students may apply for a personal or medical leave of absence. As 
described below, appropriate documentation is required for a medical 
leave of absence. 

Students may obtain a personal or medical leave of absence form 
online at and submit it for their school's 
Associate Dean or representative approval. 

Leave time for either a personal or medical leave of absence will 
normally be considered a portion of the total time limit for the degree 
unless the contrary is decided upon initially between the student and 
the Associate Dean. 

Personal Leave of Absence 

Students on an approved personal leave of absence should contact 
the Woods College of Advancing Studies Office as soon as possible 
prior to the semester in which they expect to re-enroll. The appropriate 
counselor will make the decision on the readmission request. 

Medical Leave of Absence 

If a student is unable to complete the coursework or other course 
of study for a semester due to medical reasons, the student may request 
a medical leave of absence. Medical leave, whether requested for mental 
health or physical health reasons, must be supported by appropriate 
documentation from a licensed care provider. The student submits this 
documentation to his/her counselor/dean or Health Services as appli- 
cable, who will review it in confidence and make a recommendation to 
the student's counselor or Associate Dean, who must approve the leave. 

At the time of requesting a medical leave, a student consults his/ 
her academic counselor or dean with regard to school policy concern- 
ing return. 

Involuntary Leave of Absence 

Students may be separated from the University for academic 
reasons (please refer to specific school or department policies for more 
information) or for reasons of health, safety, or when a student's 
continuance at Boston College poses significant risk to the student 
or others. For additional information, visit 


Students should consult with the academic dean or designee of 
their school for information about school-specific policies and proce- 
dures related to readmission. 

In instances where a sustained period of time has elapsed since a 
student was last enrolled, the academic dean or designee of the school, 
in consultation with the school's Academic Standards Committee and/ 
or the appropriate representative of the student's college will decide 
the status of student seeking readmission. In determining which, if any 
academic requirements remain to be completed after readmission and 
before awarding the degree, the factors that will be considered include 
but are not limited to: 

1. Currency of the student's knowledge in select content areas; 

2. Relevancy of courses completed at Boston College to current 
degree requirements; 

3. Rigor of courses completed at Boston College to current degree 

4. Academic work completed elsewhere that is relevant to degree 

5. Length of absence. 

In all readmission cases, the decision to re-admit a student will be 
based on a consideration of the best interests of both the student and 
the University. 

Summer Courses 

In graduate programs, summer courses may be an integral part of 
the curriculum. Graduate students in Woods College should consult 
with the Dean for more information. 


Woods College graduate students should consult with the Dean 
for specific policies regarding time-to-degree. 


All current graduate students submit requests for academic 
transcripts through their Agora Portal at Requests for 
academic transcripts may also be submitted in writing to the following 
address: Transcript Requests, Office of Student Services, Lyons Hall, 
Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467, or faxed to 617-552-4975. 

Requests are usually processed within 48 to 72 hours of receipt. 
For more information, visit 

Transcript/ Diploma Holds 

The University will not issue diplomas or release transcripts for 
any student with an outstanding financial obligation to the University, 
which includes failure to complete a mandatory loan exit interview. 

Transfer of Credit 

Graduate students may request transfer of not more than six 
graduate credits. Courses will be considered for transfer if the student 
has received a grade of B or better and if the course has not been applied 
to a prior degree. If approved, the transfer course and credit, but not 
the grade, will be recorded on the student's academic record. Credit 
received for courses completed more than ten years prior to a student's 
admission to his or her current degree program are not acceptable for 
transfer. Students are advised to consult with the Dean for exceptions 
to this policy. 

University Communication Policies and Student 

Official communications of the University with its currently 
enrolled graduate students, including notices of academic and admin- 
istrative matters and communications from faculty and administrative 
staff, may be sent via postal service, campus mail, or email. To assure 
that these communications arrive in a timely manner, all enrolled stu- 
dents have the following responsibilities: 

Postal service and Campus mail: For purposes of written com- 
munication, the student's local and permanent addresses on record at 
the Office of Student Services will be regarded as the student's official 
local and permanent residences. All students have a responsibility to 
provide both local and permanent mailing addresses and to enter cor- 
rections through their Agora Portal if the addresses are not accurate 
in University records. Students should review their address record for 
accuracy at the beginning of each semester and again soon after submit- 
ting any corrections. 

Email: The University recognizes and uses electronic mail as an 
appropriate medium for official communication. The University pro- 
vides all enrolled students with email accounts as well as access to email 


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services from computer stations at various locations on campus. All 
students are expected to access their email accounts regularly, to check 
for official University communications, and to respond as necessary to 
such communications. 

Students may forward their email messages from their University 
email accounts to non-university email systems. In such cases, students 
shall be solely responsible for all consequences arising from such forward- 
ing arrangements, including any failure by the non-university system to 
deliver or retain official University communications. Students should 
send test messages to and from their University email account on a 
regular basis, to confirm that their email service is functioning reliably. 

All student responses to official email communications from the 
University must contain the student's University email address in the 
"From:" and "Reply To:" lines and should originate from the student's 
University email account, to assure that the response can be recognized 
as a message from a member of the University community. 

Withdrawal from a Course 

Graduate students who withdraw from a course after the drop/add 
period will have a "W" recorded in the grade column of their academic 
record. To withdraw from a course students fill out a withdrawal form 
in the Dean's Office for their school. Students will not be permitted to 
withdraw from courses after the published deadline. Students who are 
still registered at this point will receive a final grade for the semester. 

Withdrawal from Boston College 

Graduate students who wish to withdraw from Boston College 
in good standing file a Withdrawal Form in their Dean's Office. For 
students dismissed for academic or disciplinary reasons, the dean or 
counselor will process the withdrawal. 

Uni'versity A'wards and Honors 

Graduate students do not receive awards or honors. 

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Advancing Studies 

Woods Graduate College of 
Advancing Studies 

Unparalleled challenges confront the twenty-first century: an 
intensive, global, highly competitive and changing economy, the expo- 
nential growth of information technology, alarming patterns of civic 
disengagement, and increased skepticism of major social institutions. 

Developing leaders who can address these challenges with knowl- 
edge, skill, expertise and a vision of a just society are the goals of the 
Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies. 

The Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies offers part- 
time study to graduate students from widely differing backgrounds and 
preparations who wish to maximize their experiences and master the 
skills necessary to advance their future. 

Master of Science Program 

The Master of Science program in Administrative Studies is 
designed for individuals seeking professional advancement, personal 
growth and a competitive advantage. A comprehensive, versatile for- 
mat invites talented students of varied backgrounds and ambitions to 
develop a deeper understanding of contemporary society, to consider 
social transformations and economic competitiveness, to appreciate the 
ethical dimension of decision making, and to explore ideas and issues 
from a national and global perspective. 

The Administrative Studies curriculum balances theory and prac- 
tice which offers an alternative to the usually specialized graduate pro- 
grams and prepares individuals to meet the challenge of a competitive 
market place in a variety of organizational settings. An interactive cli- 
mate utilizing case studies, simulations, technology, and a varied course 
format broadens perspectives, explores relationships among functional 
areas, and encourages innovative problem-solving and integrated deci- 
sion making. This applied professional dimension characterizes the 
program's design and differentiates it in goal and scope from graduate 
programs in the Humanities, Finance, Management, Education and 
Social Work. These differences in intent do not allow courses being 
transferred between the Administrative Studies program and other 
Boston College graduate programs. 

Degree candidates complete with a grade of B or better a mini- 
mum of ten courses that explore fundamental issues, develop new 
perspectives, and examine emerging directions. At least eight of the 
courses must be taken within the Boston College Administrative 
Studies program. Research: Methods and Data (AD 700), Strategic 
Communication (AD 701), and Mobilizing for Change (AD 702) 
are the required cluster unifying all courses. Up to two courses of 
comparable graduate work may qualify for transfer credit at the time 
of admission. 

Courses are scheduled from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. during the fall, 
spring and summer semesters. 

Graduate Admission 

The Administrative Studies program is open to graduates of fully 
accredited liberal arts colleges regardless of undergraduate major. The 
program shifts attention from specialized fields of vision toward broad- 
er, more comprehensive interests. A minimum B average in an under- 
graduate major is ordinarily required for admission. Documentation of 
proficiency in two areas is also required for acceptance: (1) familiarity 
with computer software packages and applications including spread- 
sheets, word processing, data management, graphics, and Internet, and 

(2) knowledge in techniques of analysis and interpretation of quantita- 
tive data from a college statistics course. Favorable consideration is 
given to postgraduate experience such as demonstrated success in pro- 
fessional or community organizations. Recent accomplishments and a 
determination to succeed are important criteria. The Graduate Record 
Examination is not required. 

Course Oflferings 

AD 700 Research: Methods and Data 

AD 701 Strategic Communication 

AD 702 Mobilizing for Change 

AD 703 Leading in Turbulent Times 

AD 704 Accounting and Financial Analysis 

AD 705 Law and Social Responsibility 

AD 706 Communication in a Global Work Environment 

AD 707 Conflict Resolution: Negotiation Skills 

AD 708 Information for Competitive Advantage 

AD 709 Interactive Systems Unbound 

AD 710 Solving Information Problems: Wide Bandwidth 


AD 711 Complex Ethical Action 

AD 712 New Professional: Morality in Corporate America 

AD 713 Behavior and Organizations 

AD 714 Focusing the Message: Creative Formats 

AD 715 Professional Presentations 

AD 716 Managing Life's Transitions: Facilitating Growth 

AD 717 Mastering Communication: Enhancing Performance 

AD 718 Effective Listening: Techniques and Applications 

AD 719 Maximizing Intellectual Capital 

AD 720 Social Media: Society's Changing Landscape 

AD 721 Forces of Influence: Brokering Partnerships 

AD 722 High Performers: New Market Leaders 

AD 723 Competitive Climates: A Leading Edge 

AD 724 New Organizer: Consultant/Power Broker 

AD 725 Navigating Organizational Politics 

AD 726 Optimizing Decision Theory 

AD 727 Career Strategies for Success 

AD 728 Public Relations 

AD 729 Labor Relations and Human Resources 

AD 730 Innovative Practices 

AD 73 1 Overcoming Gender and Generational Barriers 

AD 735 Developing Dynamic and Productive Organizations 

AD 736 Accounting Information and Statement Analysis 

AD 738 Managing Data and Information 

AD 739 Public and Non-Profit Accounting 

AD 740 Behavioral Economics: Emerging Perspectives 

AD 741 Imaging: Persuasive Communication 

AD 742 Creating Scenarios for Success 

AD 743 Mastering the Media: Social and Psychological Effects 

AD 744 Leadership: Theory and Practice 

AD 745 Critical Thinking 

AD 746 Organizational Improvement: Psychosocial Perspective 

AD 747 Lives in Motion: Increasing Personal Effectiveness 

AD 748 Competitive Performance 

AD 749 Facilitating Life's Transitions 

AD 750 Geographic Information Systems and Planning 

AD 751 Public Affairs Challenges 

AD 752 Entrepreneurs Without Boundaries 


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Advancing Studies 

AD 753 Laws of the Workplace 

AD 772 Law and Society 

AD 775 American Corporation Global Business 

AD 777 Evolution of Marketing Issues 

AD 778 Emerging Environmental Issues 

AD 779 Nutrition: Lifestyle and Longevity 

AD 780 Nutrition and Genetics 

AD 781 Coming to America 

AD 783 Sustainability: Survival Science 

AD 784 Persuasion in Media Age 

Information and Office Location 

The Woods Graduate College of Advancing Studies has willing 
and experienced professionals eager to help students arrange a realistic 
schedule, one that combines full-time work responsibilities with edu- 
cational goals. For a catalog, contact the Woods Graduate College of 
Advancing Studies Office, McGuinn 100, Boston College, Chestnut 
Hill, MA 02467. Visit our website at 

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Administration AND Facuity 

Kathleen M. McGillycuddy, Chair 
John F. Fish, Vice Chair 
T. Frank Kennedy, S.J., Secretary 
Drake G. Behrakis 
Patricia L. Bonan 
Matthew J. Botica 
Cathy M. Brienza 
Karen Izzi Bristing 
John E. Buehler, Jr. 
Darcel D. Clark 
Charles I. Clough, Jr. 
Juan A. Concepcion 
Margot C. Connell 
John M. Connors, Jr. 
Robert J. Cooney 
Kathleen A. Corbet 
Leo J. Corcoran 
Robert F. Cotter 
Claudia Henao de la Cruz 
John R. Egan 
William J. Geary 
Susan McManama Gianinno 
Janice Gipson 
Kathleen Powers Haley 
Christian W.E. Haub 
Michaela Murphy Hoag 
John L. LaMattina 
Timothy R. Lannon, S.J. 
William P. Leahy, S.J. 
Peter S. Lynch 
T.J. Maloney 

Douglas W. Marcouiller, S.J. 
Peter K. Markell 
David M. McAuliffe 
William S. McKiernan 
Robert J. Morrissey 
John V. Murphy 
R. Michael Murray, Jr. 
Stephen P. Murray 
Brien M. O'Brien 
David P. O'Connor 
Brian G. Paulson, S.J. 
Richard F. Powers III 
Thomas F. Ryan, Jr. 
Rev. Nicholas A. Sannella 
PhiUp W. Schiller 
Susan Martinelli Shea 
Marianne D. Short 
Pat T. Stokes 
Richard F. Syron 
Elizabeth W. Vanderslice 
David C. Weinstein 

The Corporate Title of Boston College is Trustees of Boston College. 


William P. Leahy, S.J., Ph.D., Stanford University 


J. Donald Monan, S.J., Ph.D., University of Louvain 

University Chancellor 

Cutberto Garza, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor University/Massachusetts 

Institute of Technology 

Provost and Dean of Faculties 

Patrick J. Keating, Ph.D., Michigan State University 

Executive Vice President 

Daniel Bourque, M.S., Northeastern University 

Vice President for Facilities Management 

Michael Bourque, B.S., University of Iowa 

Vice President, Information Technology 

John T. Butler, S.J., Ph.D., Loyola University Maryland 

Vice President for University Mission and Ministry 

Mary Lou DeLong, B.A., Newton College of the Sacred Heart 

Vice President and University Secretary 

James J. Husson, M.B.A., University of Rochester 

Senior Vice President for University Advancement 

Thomas J. Keady, B.A., University of Massachusetts-Boston 

Vice President for Governmental & Community Affairs 

Thomas P. Lockerby, B.A., Harvard University 

Vice President, Development 

James P. Mclntyre, Ed.D., Boston College 

Senior Vice President 

Peter C. McKenzie, M.B.A., Babson College 

Financial Vice President and Treasurer 

William B. Neenan, S.J., Ph.D., University of Michigan 

Vice President and Special Assistant to the President 

Patrick H. Rombalski, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 

Vice President for Student Affairs 

Leo V. Sidlivan, M.Ed., Boston College 

Vice President, Human Resources 


Andrew Boynton, M.B.A., Kenan-Flager Business School, 

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 

Dean, Carroll School of Management 

Rev. James P. Burns, Ph.D., Northeastern University 

Interim Dean, The Woods College of Advancing Studies\ 

Interim Dean, The Summer Session 

Patricia DeLeeuw, Ph.D., University of Toronto 

Vice Provost for Faculties 

Susan Gennaro, R.N., D.S.N., FAAN, 

University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Dean, Connell School of Nursing 

Alberto Godenzi, Ph.D., University of Zurich 

Dean, Graduate School of Social Work 

Donald Hafner, Ph.D., University of Chicago 

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs 

Maureen Kenny, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 

Interim Dean, Lynch School of Education 

Robert S. Lay, M.S., University of Wisconsin-Madison 

Dean of Enrollment Management 

Mark S. Massa, S.J., Ph.D., Harvard University 

Dean, School of Theology and Ministry 


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Administration AND Facuity 

Larry W. McLaughlin, Ph.D., University of Alberta 

Vice Provost for Research 

David Quigley, Ph.D., New York University 

Dean, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Vincent Rougeau, J.D., Harvard University 

Dean, Boston College Law School 

Thomas Wall, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh 

University Librarian 


Filippa Anzalone, J.D., Suffolk University Law School 

Associate Dean for Library and Technology Services, 

Boston College Law School 

John J. Burns, Ph.D., Yale University 

Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Academic Affairs 

Joseph Carroll, M.B.A., Suffolk University 

Associate Dean for Finance and Administration, 

College of Arts and Sciences 

Clare Dunsford, Ph.D., Boston University 

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 

Sveta Emery, M.B.A., Manchester Business School, England 

Associate Dean, Finance, Research, and Administration, 

Graduate School of Social Work 

Mary Fulton, M.B.A., Boston College 

Associate Dean for Finance, Research, and Administration, 

Lynch School of Education 

Candace Hetzner, Ph.D., Boston College 

Associate Dean, Academic Affairs, 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

Robert Howe, M.B.A., Boston College 

Associate Dean for Admission and Administration, 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences 

M. Katherine Hutchinson, Ph.D., University of Delaware 

Associate Dean, Connell Graduate School of Nursing 

Richard Keeley, M.A., Boston College 

Associate Dean, Carroll School of Management 

Gene McMahon, M.B.A., Boston College 

Associate Dean for Administration, Carroll School of Management 

William Petri, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley 

Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences 

Catherine Read, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Lowell 

Associate Dean, Connell School of Nursing 

Jeffrey Ringuest, Ph.D., Clemson University 

Associate Dean, Carroll Graduate School of Management 

Elizabeth A. Rosselot, M.S., American University 

Registrar and Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, 

Boston College Law School 

Teresa Schirmer, M.S.W., Boston University 

Associate Dean, Academic and Student Services, Graduate School of 

Social Work 

Anne Severo, B.S., University of California, Fresno 

Associate Dean, Finance and Administration, 

Connell School of Nursing 

Elizabeth Sparks, Ph.D., Boston College 

Associate Dean, Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid, 

Lynch School of Education 

John Stachniewicz, M.A., Tufts University 
Associate Dean, Finance and Administration, 
School of Theology and Ministry 
Thomas Walsh, Ph.D., Boston College 
Associate Dean, Graduate School of Social Work 

Maris Abbene, J.D., Boston College 
Assistant Dean, Career Services, Boston College Law School 
Suzanne Barrett, Ph.D., Brown University 
Director, Connors Family Learning Center 
Susan Coleman, M.S.W., Boston College 
Director, Field Education, Graduate School of Social Work 
Sharon Comvalius-Goddard, M.P.H., Hunter College 
Director, Pre-Award, Off ce for Sponsored Programs 
Paulette Durrett, M.S.W., LCSW, Boston College 
Assistant Dean, Students with Disabilities, 
Office of Student Development 

John E. Ebel, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology 
Director, Weston Observatory 
Stephen Erickson, Ph.D., Tufts University 
Director of Research Integrity and Compliance 
Thomas E. Hachey, Ph.D., St. John's University 
Executive Director of Irish Programs 
David E. Horn, M.S., University of Oregon 
Liead Librarian, Archives and Manuscripts, Burns Library 
William C. Howard, Ph.D., Brandeis University 
Director of Enrollment Management and Admissions, 
Graduate School of Social Work 
Louise Lonabocker, Ph.D., Boston College 
Executive Director of Student Services 

Rita R. Long Owens, M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute 
and State University 

Executive Director of Academic Technology 
Vincent J. Lynch, D.S.W., Boston College 
Director of Continuing Education, Graduate School of Social Work 
John L. Mahoney, Jr., M.A.T., Boston College 
Director of Undergraduate Admission 
David J. McMenamin, Ph.D., Boston College 
Director of PULSE Program 
Vickie R. Monta, M.B.A., Regis University 
Executive Director, Academic Budget, Policy and Planning 
Nancy Netzer, Ph.D., Harvard University 
Director of McMullen Museum of Art 
Donald Ricciato, Ph.D., Boston College 
Director of the Campus School 

Akua Sarr, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Director, Academic Advising Center 

Paul G. Schervish, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison 
Director of Center for Wealth and Philanthropy 
Tracey West, J.D., Georgetown University 
Assistant Dean for Students, Boston College Law School 
W. Jean Weyman, Ph.D., Boston College 
Director of Continuing Education, Connell School of Nursing 
Alan Wolfe, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania 
Director of the Center for Religion and American Public Life 

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Administration AND Faculty 

Cynthia Young, Ph.D., Yale University 

Director, African and African Diaspora Studies Program 

Susan Zipkin, M.B.A., Boston University 

Director, Post Award Administration, Office for Sponsored Programs 

George A. Arey, M.A. 
Director, Residential Life 
KeUi J. Armstrong, Ph.D. 

Associate Vice President for Institutional Research, 
Planning and Assessment 
Patricia A. Bando, M.A. 
Associate Vice President for Auxiliary Services 
John A. Berardi, B.S. 

Technology Director for Applications and Architecture Services, 
Information Technology Services 
Ben Birnbaum, M.Ed. 

Executive Director for Office of Marketing Communications and 
Special Assistant to the President 
John Bogdan, MBA. 
Director, Employment 
Michael G. Boughton, S.J., M.A. 
Director of Center for Ignatian Spirituality 
John D. Burke, M.B.A. 
Director of Budget 
John R. Burke, B.A. 
Director of Benefits 
Leo K. Chaharyn, B.A. 

Technology Director for Systems and Operations Management, 
Information Technology Services 
Paul J. Chebator, Ph.D. 
Dean, Student Development 
Mary C. Corcoran, M.Ed. 

Associate Vice President, Information Technology Assurance, 
Information Technology Services 
Eugene B. DeFilippo, Jr., M.Ed. 
Director of Athletics 
Terrence P. Devino, S.J., M.Div. 

Director of Manresa House and Special Assistant to the President 
Maria S. DiChiappari, B.A. 

Director of the Boston College Neighborhood Center 
Michael J. DriscoU, M.B.A. 

John B. Dunn, M.S. 
Director for Office of News & Public Affairs 
Howard Enoch, Ph.D. 
Director of Robsham Theatre Arts Center 
Matthew Eynon, B.A. 
Associate Vice President for Capital Giving 
John A. Feudo, MA. 
Associate Vice President for Alumni Relations 
Erik P. Goldshmidt, Ph.D. 
Director, Church in the 21st Century Center 
Jessica Greene, Ph.D. 
Director of Institutional Research 
N. Gail Hall, M.S. 
Director of Environmental Health and Safety 

Theresa A. Harrigan, Ed.D. 
Director of the Career Center 
Joseph E. Harrington 

Director of Network Services 

Ann Harte, Ed.M. 

Director, Internal Audit 

Gina M. Harvey, B.F.A. 

Director of Space Planning 

Joseph Herlihy, J.D. 

University General Counsel 

Burton Howell, M.Ed. 

Director, Intersections Office 

Carole Hughes, M.Ed. 

Associate Dean and Director of Graduate Student Life 

P. Michael Jednak, B.A. 

Director of Facilities Services 

Richard P. Jefferson, J.D. 

Executive Director for the Office of Institutional Diversity 

John M. King, M.P.A. 

Director of Public Safety and Chief of Boston College Police 

Barbara A. Krakowsky, M.Ed. 

Director of The Children's Center 

Terrence P. Leahy, M.S. 

Director of Engineering and Energy Management 

Theresa J. Lee, M.A. 

Executive Director, Annual Giving 

Jeanne Levesque, J.D. 

Director of Governmental Relations 

Robert J. Lewis, J.D. 

Associate Vice President for Human Resources 

Joseph P. Marchese, M.A. 

Director, First Year Experience 

Linda McCarthy, M.B.A. 

Technology Director for Student and Academic Systems, 

Information Technology Services 

Paul McGowan, M.B.A. 

Director of Procurement Services 

Thomas P. McGuinness, Ph.D. 

Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of University 

Counseling Services 

Halley McLain, B.A. 

Director of Compensation 

William R. Mills, Jr., B.S. 

Director of Community Affairs 

Mary S. Nardone, Ph.D. 

Associate Vice President for long-Range Capital Projects 

Thomas L Nary, M.D. 

Director of Health Services 

Katherine O'Dair, M.Ed. 

Director of Assessment and Staff Development, Student Affairs 

Sally Keeler O'Hare, B.A. 

Director of Annual Capital Projects 

Bernard R. O'Kane, M.Ed. 

Director of Employee Development 

Anthony Penna, M.Ed., M.Div. 

Director of Campus Ministry 


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Administration AND Facuity 

Henry A. Perry, B.S. 

Director for Office of Project Management, 

Information Technology Services 

Darrell Peterson, Ph.D. 

Director of Student Programs Office 

Elise T. PhUlips, M.Ed. 

Director of Health Promotion 

Michael V. Pimental, M.B.A. 

Director of Administrative Program Review & 

Strategic Planning Services 

Daniel Ponsetto, M.Div. 

Director of Volunteer and Service Learning Center 

Thomas Rezendes, M.B.A. 

Director of Business, Planning and Project Services, 

Information Technology Services 

Brenda S. Ricard, Ph.D. 

Associate Vice President for Advancement Operations and Planning 

LindaJ. RUey, B.S. 

Executive Director of Auxiliary Operations 

Michael A. Sacco, M.S. 

Director of the Center for Student Formation 

Ines M. Maturana Sendoya, M.Ed. 

Director of AHANA Student Programs 

John O. Tommaney, B.A. 

Director of Emergency Management and Preparedness 

Patricia A. Touzin, M.S.W. 

Director of Faculty/Staff Assistance Program 

Helen S. Wechsler, B.A. 

Director of Dining Services 

Richard M. Young, B.S. 

Director of Human Resources Service Center 

John J. Zona, Ph.D. 

Chief Investment Off cer and Associate Treasurer 

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Academic Calendar 2012-2013 

Fall Semester 2012 

August 1 


August 27 Monday 

August 27 Monday 

September 3 Monday 

September 4 Tuesday 

September 12 Wednesday 

September 12 Wednesday 

September 15 Saturday 

October 8 Monday 

November 8 Thursday 

November 2 1 Wednesday 

to to 

November 23 Friday 

November 26 Monday 

December 3 Monday 

December 13 Thursday 
to to 

December 20 Thursday 

Last date for master's and doctoral 
candidates to submit signed and 
approved copies of theses and 
dissertations for August 2012 

Classes begin for all Law students 

Classes begin for first-year, full-time 
M.BA. students only 

Labor Day — No classes 

Classes begin 

Last date for graduate students to 
drop/add online 

Last date for all students who plan to 
graduate in December 2012 to verify 
their diploma names online 

Mass at Fenway Park for the 
Sesquicentennial Year celebration. 
(This will substitute for the Mass of 
the Holy Spirit originally scheduled for 
September 13.) 

Columbus Day — No classes 

Graduate/CASU registration period for 
spring 2013 begins 

Thanksgiving Holidays 

Last date for official withdrawal from 
a course or from the University 

Last date for master's and doctoral 
candidates to submit signed and 
approved copies of theses and 
dissertations for December 2012 

Term Examinations — Posted grades 
(non-Law) available online 

Spring Semester 2013 

January 14 Monday CI 

January 2 1 Monday 

asses Deem 

January 23 
January 23 

March 4 
March 8 

March 28 
April 1 

April 2 

April 10 

April 15 
April 16 

May 1 





















Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
— No classes 

Last date for graduate students to 
drop/add online 

Last date for all students who plan to 
graduate in May 2013 to verify 
their diploma names online 

Spring Vacation 

Easter Weekend — No classes on Holy 
Thursday and Good Friday. No classes 
on Easter Monday except for those 
beginning at 4:00 p.m. and later. 

Last date for master's and doctoral 
candidates to submit signed and 
approved copies of theses and 
dissertations for May 2013 

Graduate/CASU registration period for 
fall and summer 2013 begins 

Patriot's Day — No classes 

Last date for official withdrawal from 
a course or from the University 

Last date for all students who plan to 
graduate in August 20 1 3 to verify their 
diploma names online 

Term Examinations — Posted grades 
(non-Law) available online 


Law School Commencement 


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Directory AND Office Locations 

Academic Advising Center 

Akua Sarr, Director Bourneuf House, 84 College Road 


Billy Soo, Chairperson Fulton 520 


Undergraduate: John L. Mahoney, Jr., Director.... Devlin 208 

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Gasson 108 

Carroll School of Management, 

Graduate Programs Fulton 315 

Council School of Nursing, 

Graduate Programs Cushing 202 

Graduate School of Social Work McGuinn 221 

Law School Stuart M302 

Lynch School of Education, 

Graduate Programs Campion 135 

School of Theology and Ministry 9 Lake Street 

Woods College of Advancing Studies 

— Undergraduate and Graduate McGuinn 100 

Advancing Studies 

Rev. James P. Burns, Interim Dean McGuinn 100 

African and African Diaspora Studies 

Cynthia Young, Director Lyons 301 


Ines Maturana Sendoya, Director 72 College Road 

American Studies 

Carlo Rotella Carney 451 

Arts and Sciences 

David Quigley, Dean Gasson 103 

William Petri, Associate Dean — Seniors Gasson 109 

Michael Martin, 

Acting Associate Dean — ^Juniors Gasson 109 

Clare Dunsford, Associate Dean — Sophomores ... Gasson 109 

Akua Sarr, Associate Dean — Freshmen Gasson 109 

Candace Hetzner, Associate Dean 

— Graduate Arts and Sciences Gasson 108 


Thomas Chiles, Chairperson Higgins 355 

Business Law 

Christine O'Brien, Chairperson Fulton 420 

Campus Ministry 

Fr. Tony Penna, Director McElroy 233 

Career Center 

Theresa Harrigan, Director Southwell Hall, 

38 Commonwealth Avenue 

Amir Hoveyda, Chairperson Merkert 125 

Classical Studies 

Charles F. Ahern, Jr., Chairperson Carney 123 


Lisa M. Cuklanz, Chairperson Maloney, Fifth Floor 

Computer Science 

Edward Sciore, Chairperson Maloney 559 

Connors Family Learning Center 

Suzanne Barrett, Director O'Neill 200 

Counseling Services 

Thomas P. McGuinness, 

Associate Vice President Gasson 001 

Earth and Environmental Sciences 

Gail Kineke, Chairperson Devlin 322A 


Donald Cox, Chairperson Maloney 489 

Education, Lynch School of 

Maureen Kenny, Interim Dean Campion 101 

Audrey Friedman, Assistant Dean, 

Undergraduate Students Campion 118 

Mary Ellen Fulton, Associate Dean for Finance, 

Research, and Administration Campion 101 

Elizabeth Sparks, Associate Dean, 

Graduate Admission and Financial Aid Campion 135 

Office of Undergraduate Student Services Campion 104 

Office of Graduate Student Services Campion 135 

ERME (Educational Research, Measurement, and 


Larry Ludlow, Chairperson Campion 336C 

CDEP (Counseling, Developmental, & Educational 


Brinton Lykes, Chairperson Campion 308 

ELHE (Educational Leadership and Higher Education) 

Ana Martinez-Aleman, Chairperson Campion 222 

TESECI (Teacher Education, Special Education, and 

Curriculum & Instruction) 

Alec Peck, Chairperson Campion 101 


Suzanne Matson, Chairperson Carney 450 


Hassan Tehranian, Chairperson Fulton 324C 

Fine Aits 

Jeffery W. Howe, Chairperson Devlin 430 

First Year Experience Programs 

Rev. Joseph P. Marchese, 

Director Brock House, 78 College Road 

German Studies 

Michael Resler, Chairperson Lyons 201 


Robin Fleming, Chairperson Maloney 445 

Information Systems 

Robert G. Fichman, Chairperson Fulton 410A 

International Programs 

Richard Keeley, Interim Director Hovey House 106, 

258 Hammond Street 
International Studies 

Robert G. Murphy, Director Gasson 109 

Islamic Civilization and Societies 

Kathleen Bailey, Associate Director McGuinn 528 

Law School 

Vincent D. Rougeau, Dean Stuart M307 

Learning Resources for Student Athletes 

Dard Miller, Director Yawkey Athletic Center 409 

Management, Carroll School of 

Andrew Boynton, Dean Fulton 510 

Richard Keeley, Undergraduate Associate Dean ..Fulton 360A 

Jeffrey Ringuest, Graduate Associate Dean Fulton 320B 

Management and Organization 

Judith Gordon, Chairperson Fulton 430 

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Directory AND Office Locations 


Katherine Lemon, Chairperson Fulton 444 


Solomon Friedberg, Chairperson Carney 317 


Michael Noone, Chairperson Lyons 416 

Nursing, Connell School of 

Susan Gennaro, Dean Cushing 203 

M. Katherine Flutchinson, 

Associate Dean, Graduate Programs Cushing 202 

Catherine Read, 

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Programs Cushing 202 

Operations Management 

Samuel Graves, Chairperson Fulton 354 


Arthur Madigan, 

Chairperson Maloney, Third Floor 


Michael Naughton, Chairperson Higgins 335 

Political Science 

Susan Shell, Chairperson McGuinn 231 


Ellen Winner, Chairperson McGuinn 343 

Residential Life 

George Arey, Director Maloney, Second Floor 

Romance Languages and Literatures 

Ourida Mostefai, Chairperson Lyons 302C 

School of Theology and Ministry 

MarkMassa, S.J., Dean 9 Lake Street 

Jennifer Bader, Associate Dean, 

Academic Affairs 9 Lake Street 

Slavic and Eastern Languages and Literatures 

Michael J. Connolly, Chairperson Lyons 210 

Social Work, Graduate School 

Alberto Godenzi, Dean McGuinn 132 

Sociology Department 

Sarah Babb, Chairperson McGuinn 426 

Student Development 

Paul Chebator, Dean Maloney 212 

Student Programs 

Jean Yoder, 

Associate Dean/Director Maloney, Second Floor 

Student Services 

Louise Lonabocker, Executive Director Lyons 101 

Summer Session 

Rev. James P. Burns, Interim Dean McGuinn 100 


Scott Cummings, Chairperson Robsham Theater 


Catherine Cornille, 

Chairperson Maloney, Third Floor 

University Librarian 

Thomas Wall O'Neill Library 410 

Volunteer and Service Learning Center 

Daniel Ponsetto, Director McElroy Commons 114 

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